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Feingold Calls For Review of Patriot, Protect America, and FISA Acts Due To NSA Abuses

By Sen. Russ Feingold  Posted by Amanda Lang (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

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Senator Russ Feingold

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 “Since 2001, I have spent a lot of time in the Intelligence Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and on the floor of the Senate bringing attention to both the possible and actual effects of legislation that has dangerously expanded the power of the executive branch to spy on innocent Americans.  Despite these efforts, Congress insisted on enacting several measures including the USA PATRIOT Act, the Protect America Act, and the FISA Amendments Act, embarking on a tragic retreat from the principles that had governed the sensitive area of government surveillance for the previous three decades.  Congress must get to work fixing these laws that have eroded the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding citizens. In addition, the administration should declassify certain aspects of how these authorities have been used so that the American people can better understand their scope and impact.”

Senator Feingold is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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