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Headlines Senate Gives FBI More PATRIOT Act Power

I Hate The FCC

Homo est Deus
FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Some senators who voted 11-4 to move the bill forward said they would push for limits on the new powers the measure would grant to law enforcement agencies.

"This bill must be amended on the floor to protect national security while protecting Constitutional rights," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (news, bio, voting record), D-Md.

Ranking Democrat Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., supported the bill overall but said he would push for limits that would allow such administrative subpoenas "only if immediacy dictates."

Rockefeller and other committee members, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., also are concerned that the bill would grant powers to federal law enforcement agencies that could be used in criminal inquiries rather than intelligence-gathering ones.

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said the bill places new checks and balances on the powers it would grant, such as new procedures that would allow people to challenge such administrative orders. He called the Patriot Act "a vital tool in the war on terror" and lauded the Democrats who voted for it in spite of misgivings.

Portions of the Patriot Act — signed into law six weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks — are set to expire at the end of 2005. The bill would renew and expand the act.

The bill also must be considered by the Senate
Judiciary Committee, where Feinstein and other Democrats planned to again offer amendments.

Overall, Rockefeller said, the committee gave a nod to most of the Patriot Act in its first few years fighting the nation's new enemies.

"We concluded that these tools have helped keep America safe ... and should be made permanent," Rockefeller said in a statement.

Still, civil libertarians panned the bill and the closed-door meetings in which it was written.

"When lawmakers seek to rewrite our Fourth Amendment rights, they should at least have the gumption to do so in public," said Lisa Graves, the ACLU's senior counsel for legislative strategy. "Americans have a reasonable expectation that their federal government will not gather records about their health, their wealth and the transactions of their daily life without probable cause of a crime and without a court order."
The FBI is gehtting closer and closer to the Gestapo every day. They'll be ripping anyone out of their homes that disagrees with Bush. Der Furor. :(


A Rampant Vagitarian
"It is dangerous to be right, when your government is wrong"


Was machen Sie?

Border Patrol Let Murder Suspect Into U.S.

BOSTON, June 7 (AP) - On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the border crossing at Calais, Me., carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood.

American customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Mr. Despres. Then they let him into the United States.

The next day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Mr. Despres's hometown, Minto, New Brunswick: the decapitated body of Frederick Fulton, a 74-year-old musician, was found on Mr. Fulton's kitchen floor, and his wife was found stabbed to death.

Mr. Despres, 22, became a suspect because of a history of violence between him and the Fultons. He was arrested April 27 after police officers in Massachusetts saw him wandering down a highway in a sweatshirt with red and brown stains.

He is now in jail in Massachusetts on murder charges, awaiting an extradition hearing.

Bill Anthony, a spokesman for United States Customs and Border Protection, said Mr. Despres, who was born in Canada, could not have been detained because he is a naturalized United States citizen and was not wanted on any criminal charges on the day in question.

Mr. Anthony said Mr. Despres was questioned for two hours before he was released.

On the same day Mr. Despres crossed the border, he was due in a Canadian court to be sentenced for assaulting and threatening to kill Mr. Fulton's son-in-law, Frederick Mowat, last August.
:rolleyes: all he was missing was the smoking gun...:gun: so much for their expanded power to keep terrorists and criminals at bay.

when the USA is attacked again by terrrorists- i want all of the gov'ts "powers to protect us against terrorism" revoked, my reasoning follows the same logic they used to install them.


WTF's Official Conspiracy Fanatic
Yet another scary ass devlopment. :confused:


"I'm a Song From The 60s"
Even Canadians hate the Patriot Act

Believe it or not, even Canadians are affected by the US Patriot act, and I'm not talking about when we go across the border for cheap gas, booze or smokes.

Here in BC, our blundering idiot of a Premier (equiv. to a Governor) has contracted with an American firm to handle our healthcare system's records database.

The Patriot Act gives the FBI, etc. the power to investigate or examine any US corporation without just cause, thereby exposing the health records and therefore personal information of all British Columbians to the US Government! There's no knowing what they could use this information for.

Now I know there's some of you out there who'll tell me that this is no big deal, but just think of it this way. Ask yourself if you'd be OK with a foreign government having free run of your personal information and medical records, to use AS THEY PLEASE, without your knowledge, and without any particular reason to be accessing this information. Even the possibility of this should raise some eyebrows.

There is obviously a lot of protest about this in BC, but we just had an election and the media and everyone seems to have let it fall by the wayside, so it will probably slip through the cracks.




Kiss my Converse
JLXC said:
Yet another scary ass devlopment. :confused:
Holy shit, did you see what the guy looked like? :eek:

Gregory Despres:


breakology said:
Holy shit, did you see what the guy looked like? :eek:

Gregory Despres:
Why does he has a Misfits-era Glen Danzig hair cut? He just looks like a weirdo.



"I'm a Song From The 60s"
junglizm said:
Why does he has a Misfits-era Glen Danzig hair cut? He just looks like a weirdo.