Wednesday, June 15, 2005


A Win for Privacy

The "'Patriot' Act" hits a snag:
The House voted 238-187 to scale back the government's powers to conduct secret investigations that were authorized by the Patriot Act, a post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law.

"We can fight terrorism without undermining basic constitutional rights. That's what the message of today is about," said Rep. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who pushed the measure through the House with the support of 38 Republicans.
(Source: Reuters US House votes to curb Patriot Act, defies Bush, June 15, 2005)
maybe Tom DeLay was too busy avoiding indictment to keep the troops in line - or maybe they just figure they'll put all the secret investigation stuff back in during the conference committee stage...


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