Patriot Reauthorization Begins. Badly.

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee started its markup of a bill that will both extend the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and add a few minor fixes to other overly broad surveillance provisions of the act. The bill the committee is working on is not, sadly, the bill the ACLU was hoping for.

We had thrown our weight/hope behind a bill introduced by committee members Sens. Feingold (D-Wis.) and Durbin (D-Ill.) called the JUSTICE Act. The JUSTICE Act would go a long way in fixing the surveillance state our government has created in the time since 9/11. The bill addresses the civil liberties failings not only in the Patriot Act but also amends the disastrous FISA Amendments Act (yeah, we're suing) and tweaks other surveillance laws to bring them all in line with the Constitution. The committee decided to go ahead with its chairman's bill, Sen. Leahy's USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, which has some good fixes in it but is not nearly close to the sweeping reform needed for the Patriot Act.

Well, unfortunately, the first thing the committee agreed to substitute Sen. Leahy's base bill with a bill that he worked on with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). In a very real way, the bill went from having minor fixes to having even smaller modifications. Sigh.

(Also, yesterday, the WLO's National Security Policy Counsel, Mike German, appeared on Glenn Greenwald's radio show to talk Patriot. Mike followed up with Glenn shortly after the markup began to share the disheartening news of the Feinstein-Leahy substitute bill.)

As the markup continued, amendments were offered to the bill by Sens. Feingold, Durbin, Kyl and others. The committee, thankfully, accepted Sen. Feingold's amendment that shortens the time period on the infamous "sneak and peek" provision, which allows law enforcement agencies to delay giving notice when they conduct a search. Durbin's amendment to narrow the broad Section 215 powers, which allows the government to gain access to "any tangible thing," failed. You win some, you lose some.

The committee didn't finish its work on the bill yesterday and will continue its markup next Thursday the 8. The good news? Now you've got an extra week to contact your senators' offices urging them to vote to add any JUSTICE Act amendments to the bill next markup. These are the committee members who didn't even support Senator Durbin's amendment to rein in the so-called "library provision"/ Section 215 power: Senators Leahy (D-Vt.), Kohl (D-Wis.), Feinstein (D-Calif.), Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kaufman (D-Del., Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Franken (D-Minn.) and Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Maybe you could give them a call and let them know that next week they need to make sure they're on the side of civil liberties – especially when it comes to National Security Letters, which will undoubtedly come up.

On the flipside, Sens. Feingold, Cardin (D-Md.) and Specter (D-Pa.) might like to hear from you that you're grateful they voted the right way during this markup and should keep it up next week. Listen: We all need a little positive reinforcement now and again.

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anom

what can"we the people" do about the patriot act besides contacting our congressmen?

Jerry Halpern

The Democratic Senators are not much better than the GOP Senators. They are making it much more palatable to vote for a third party (not Ralph Nader, of course)but any true liberal.

Anonymous

This revision doe'snt surprise me in the least:
My friend was tortured in Dearborn Mi
repeatedly thru Ganstalkers and their tactic's.2 United State's Postal Supervisor'saided and abbeded in the Crimminal Solicitation of this
Torture thru Provacation by Association/
on Postal Property between 7-13 time's
this legal term is the description defined by law"Crimminal Solicitaion which was initiated thru GangStalking tactics while the perpetrator's aoosiated themselve's to their tactic's toward's the victim with the only intent to PROVOKE the crimminal solicitation of the desired result TORTURE:Now in 2007( 2 detailed copy's of the timeline of torture the victim compiled that occured at 1 address in Dearborn,which was handwritten ended up in 2 different place's.
1 of these place's was a U haul storage unit:
the 2'nd was hand deilvered to the FBI Field office in Detroit which at that time she was given a Visitor's badge:
(This visitor's badge was mailed to Geoffrey Fiegar"Along with a key to the Uhaul Storage unit whier the other copy was, in a letter describing what she had and was currently experiencing and wheir she was still experiencing these tactic's of the GangStalker's, weir mailed from a University in Wayne county:The reply letter to the letter sent to Mr Fiegar did not include the visitor's badge or the key:
Then a person connected to the GangStalker's"(Who by the way just moved to UTAH)ended up telling the victim Uhaul called her to offer to let this person retrieve the victim's property when she took off to Tennesse:
Boom The Timeline is retreived and Missing with a Taolered excuse she thru everything out"Why whould she go get everything just to throw it out"
Anyway's as a result of this Learning Disabled woman's disabilitie's she no longer could handle carrying aroung so much stuff and rewriting hundred's of Pages of a timeline of torture which was
extremley timeconsuming and a painstaking effort since she's learning disabled so she started compiling a Timeline on the Internet thru email account's.
This timeline was mostly compiled at 2 differnt location's 1 of the location's is weir the letter was sent to Mr Fiegar from and another in Ann Arbor:
Both of these librarie's among other's she has experienced cyber survallance cyberstalking and cyber espionage/and deliberate cyber hinderance and other tactic's "Like say if she went to send a detailed note to WXYZ Investigative reporter's they'd wait until the email was almost concluded and then shut her computer down or stop the email from being sent.The Federal and State Government is all over this woman using GangStalking Tactic's themselve's which also include using corrupt mental Health official's that are PAID thru Hospital's that recieve huge Fedaeral Tax Break's and Funding and that accept Medicare and Medicaid Their basically State/County paid Hospital's with these Doctor's aideing and abbeding their tactic's with deliberate false diagnose's to discredit teh Victim and to ultimitley contain her to contain this story:
THe victim called 911 many time's when she just became overwhelmed with their GangStalking Tactic's witch is one of their desired result's of teh reason why they employ them.They GangStalked her know since 2004 for this eventual and ultimate result.
Read Gang Stalkiing on the internet.
The Following is something the victim has also experience so many time she cant count them on her hand's and toe's they have used employee's of buisness she frequent's along daily route's to verbally que with with dialog that is only reconized between the perpetraor's and the victim and they have used these same employee's as a mean's for survallance it's how they got a security Gaurd at a major Grocery Store to contain her on something that is strongly connected to this case they will in the future continue to solicit aid from places like her medical doctor's office and other office's and social service's their currently trying to coherse her to go to this includes Cmmunity Food Bank's and diffinitly Social Service's in Michigan a wayne county office:
They are literally all over her literally day and night everysingle place she goe's:
They have stolenand altered audio tape's and Police report's and printed out information from the University that she mainly visit's They recently stole some printout's on a organnization
which then 2 day's later she caght them on tape soliciting her thru them trying to associate themselve's to her thru the name of this organization knowing that the printout was printed from the Uiversity they have employed their tactic's hundred's of time's:When they went thru her things at her recent hospital stay she was cohersed into thru her exhaustion they stole the printout's and her Birth certificate among other thing's also the sitter who sit's with you at teh hospital verball qued her with thde GangStaklking Tactic
called Direct Conversation.
Last week the victim went and victed a high Government official today their police circle aroung her with 7 police car's within 25 secound's reminding her of their visit these poloice cars were in a different city but they im sure orchestrated it to look official in case it's mentioned in court it's what they do they employ their tactic's use their connection's to make them look legitimate so the victim is called and perceived as crazy
THe Dearborn Fire Department is extremly involved in these GangStalking Tactic's which will be expalined late
Please contact Ms Shelie Weisberg or a Brenda Bove for this woman to let them know that when the victim finally approaches them that she is going to really need some personnal time with them and it will have to be soon their after the evidence thyat was revealed yesterday at this University which reconnect's them to the printout the stole betwwen September 30th 2009 and October 2'nd 2009 this is the same university that this woman visit's very frequently were the tactic's involved with the patriot Act are being used this woman is courages brave fed yup and trhuthfully no longer scared and they are starting to come to term's with her resolve and thh fact that their previos method's are no longer working.

Patriot ACt is ...

Why do they call it the Patriot Bill: Fellow Free Citizen's around the world: I grew up beliveing ion my country because i was told it was a government of the people,for the people and by the people:I remember July 4'th 1976 I was at a parade in front of whier my Grandparent's lived, i was told our country was on this date 200 years old:I was Given a bi-centinneial quarter by a guy who was walking in the Parade I was 12:Im now 46 and I see the Government of the People for the Peolpe,by the People as nothing but a lie,pure and simple,were told as were growing up mind your buisness go to school go to work pay your taxe's,care about your fellow man.I do these thing's I alway's have to the very best of my abilitie's,but what do you belive in anymore when the Government read's your mail and email,survalle's your every movement,what do you belive in when your a victim of GangStalking and Torture do you report it to the police the FBI/I know someone who was and is being GangStalked by the people who Tortured her repeatedley,who do you trust when "Since" 2 Postal Supervisor's aided and abbeded these GangStalker's in the Crimminal Solicitation of these Torture's get the tactical support of the Police and FBI and Post Master,who do you turn to your Patrent's,how when they were duped thru Slander campaighn's and fear to cooperate with the above agencie's in their tactical manuver's to contain the vistim as a cover up aparatis.What do you do WHo do you turn to How How could you belive in Freedom anymore,You dont. Why is it called the Patriot ACt when it's nothing more than a tool to invade our God Inherent right's as free Human Being.My friend who was tortured was ruined finacially this month thru the GangStalking Tactic's of these Perpetraor's and their Governemnet help but she had a quarter in her pocket and and said to herself Im not taking this anymore and got on the bus with only a quarter to start her day and went to the ACLU in Detroit on Woodward.She remember's that quarter that genmtleman gave her on that July 4'th and she looked at the quarter she had in her pocket and told herself no matter what these corrupt Governemnet agencie's do they will not take her freedom trying to contain her to conceal what they have done/She is a real PATRIOT Learning Disabled Woman Repeaedtley Tortured in Dearborn Mi

Seattle

Why not vote for Nader. he is the only one making any sense.

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