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'The Only Senator Who Voted Against the Patriot Act Seemingly Predicted This Day Would Come'

"One provision that troubles me a great deal is a provision that permits the government under FISA to compel the production of records..."
@theblaze "The bill's name -- the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, with its handy USA PATRIOT acronym"

'...if you don't support the bill you're not patriotic'
@theblaze @Salon 'Barr said, “The legislation Sen. Feingold introduced today will correct several provisions in both the Patriot Act as it was hurriedly passed in 2001, and in FISA as it was amended in 2008.”'

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R "threatens to make all records open without there being a reasonable suspicion first...Secret searches by the police are made easy. This is a permanent rule that is NOT sunsetted. [The police] can search your house while you're not there..."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw "Paul confirms rumors circulating in Washington that this sweeping new law, with serious implications for each and every American, was not made available to members of Congress for review before the vote."

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw Patriot Act is introduced in Congress, Oct. 2, 2001

"but it is not well received by all"

"One day later, Senate Majority Leader and future anthrax target Tom Daschle (D-SD) says he doubts the Senate will take up this bill..."

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons "...difficulties in passing the Patriot Act continue"

"October 9, two letters containing deadly anthrax spores are postmarked. One letter is sent to Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) and the other is sent to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)....from a mailbox in Trenton..."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons Oct. 9 "...Feingold (D-WI) blocks an attempt to rush the Patriot Act to a vote with little debate and no opportunity for amendments. He criticizes the bill as a threat to civil liberties."

1 day earlier WaPo
“Congress has lost some of the shock-induced unity..."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons October 16-17, 2001
"Twenty-eight congressional staffers test positive for anthrax. The Senate office buildings are shut down, followed by the House of Representatives....None of the staffers are killed by the anthrax attacks"

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons Oct. 18 "alarm in the White House situation room allegedly goes off, indicating that sensors have detected dangerous levels of WMD agents."

Cheney & others "are said to believe that they have been exposed."

"soon discovered that the sensors had malfunctioned..."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons Oct. 24 House & Senate "Pass Patriot Act Without Reading It"

House "passes" & "...taps into Social Security...cuts in education."

2 days later "Senate will pass...Anthrax targets Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy now support the bill."

Bush signs same day

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons Nov. 10-12 "trace amounts of anthrax are found in the offices of eleven senators..."
B. Graham (D-FL), D. Feinstein (D-CA), R. Lugar (R-IN), B. Boxer (D-CA), J. Corzine (D-NJ)
"officials say the anthrax does not threaten the health of anyone who worked or visited"
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons "Just six weeks after the September 11 attacks, a panicked Congress passed the 'USA/Patriot Act,' an overnight revision of the nation's surveillance laws that vastly expanded the government's authority to spy on its own citizens..."

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU "...could enter a house, apartment or office with a search warrant when the occupant was away, search through her property and take photographs, and in some cases seize physical property and electronic communications, and not tell her until later."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU "Under the USA PATRIOT Act, signed into law during the 107th United States Congress, on October 26, 2001, for the first time in US history, sneak and peek warrants were used as standard procedure in investigations."

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia "In the United States, a no-knock warrant is a warrant issued by a judge that allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without immediate prior notification of the residents, such as by knocking or ringing a doorbell."

@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia "A little-known federal law that allows investigators to carry out a search warrant without the suspect's knowledge...

The tool was put in place as part of anti-terrorism laws passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks on American soil."
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia 'FBI Admits (to itself) That “Black Bag” Jobs (Burglaries) Are Illegal'

" internal memo...FBI did not admit this publicly for another nine years...acknowledged its practice of 'black bag' jobs before the Senate Church Committee on July 14, 1975."…
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia "FBI still carries out numerous 'black bag' entry-and-search missions...If the investigation involves a criminal matter a judicial warrant is required;in national security cases the operation must be approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court"…
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia "Since 1948 the FBI has conducted hundreds of warrantless surreptitious entries to gather domestic and foreign intelligence, despite the questionable legality of the technique and its deep intrusion into the privacy of targeted individuals...."…
@theblaze @Salon @I_P_R @UVALaw @historycommons @ACLU @Wikipedia "secret intelligence gathering partnership"
between NSA & CIA

"...nature and extent of the partnership is deemed to be extremely sensitive,
'especially since many of these operations are directed against friends and allies' of the U.S."
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