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  •  They could only "stop" it w/sunset provisions (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, greenearth

    Daschle, Leahy could have stopped . .

    It was they that were attacked and their offices that were contaminated and shut down for weeks.  In the meantime, the Patriot act sails on through.

    Leahy's letter was misdirected to the State Dep't and therefore he did not receive notice that one of the the letters was addressed to him until a week later.  His office, which was NOT contaminated, is in the Russell building.  Daschle's office was in the Hart building.  It was the Hart building, populated by approximately 20 GOP and 20 DEM senators that was shut down for several weeks.  

    Included in the Hart Building was Jim Jeffords office and Leahy lent Jeffords' staff office space during the time the Hart building was quarantined.

    Also, in defense of Leahy and the (very) small group of liberals who voted for the Patriot Act despite fighting it, they KNEW for certain the f#*king thing was going to pass.  That was a political fact.  What they did, therefore, was to hold up passage until some of the most offensive sections received sunset provisions.  
    For example: Section 207: Duration of FISA surveillance of non-United States agents of a foreign power;  Section 220: Nationwide service of search warrants for electronic evidence;  Section 223: Civil liability and discipline for privacy violations Section 225: Provider immunity for FISA wiretap assistance etc. . .   all received a sunset so that those sections expired in 2005.

    The strategy of that small group of Senate liberals, including Leahy, might have accomplished something had we elected a Congress with a set of balls in either 2002 or 2004.  Instead, when December 2005 rolled around, we had a rubber stamp GOP Congress that was more than willing to give Alberto Gonzalez and the Administration all the extra police powers it wanted.  

    Congress eventually voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act provisions that would have otherwise expired.  That small group of Sen. liberals thought they would have a better chance a few years after the 9-11 hysteria to mount a better fight and in 2002, the sunset provision was their future ammunition.  Remember in 2002, sunset provisions were the only chance/choice they had to fight the Patriot Act after they realized something even worse would pass if they merely stood by and voted "no."  Unfortunately, the cowardice of their colleagues and most of us voters carried over through the next two elections.  As a result, we still have the Patriot Act due to complete GOP and relatively widespread voter cowardice.


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