The Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to the renewal of the USA Patriot Act, HR3199, by a vote of 89 to 10.
Sen. Russell Feingold's (D-Wis.) chief ally,Sen. Robert C. Byrd D-W.Va., said:(Italics and emphasis mine.)
the package was not enough to check what he described as a presidential tendency through history of "always grabbing more power."
"The erosion of freedom rarely comes as an all-out frontal assault," warned Byrd, the dean of the Senate. "Rather, it is a gradual, noxious creeping cloaked in secrecy and glossed over by reassurances of greater security."
The "no" votes came from Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., and Feingold, Byrd and seven other Senate Democrats: Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Patrick lea of Vermont, Carl Levin of Michigan, Patty Murray of Washington and Ron widen of Oregon.
Let's stand up and salute these 10 patriotic members of the Senate who voted no to this dangerous erosion of our freedom.
Republican Congressman Ron Paul has gone on record with his prediction that the impeachment of George W. Bush is right around the corner but warned that in the meantime the US was slipping perilously close to a dictatorship.
Ron Paul had this to say:
"They had a few token changes[to the Patriot Act] which mean nothing and under the present system he (President Bush) just ignores what he doesn't like anyway."
Asked if the US was heading into a dictatorship, Paul responded,
"It's getting close to it, it's called usurpation of power and it's done in many ways with Congress just going along because they're sound asleep and this certainly is an attack on our Constitution and on our freedoms."
Benjamin Franklin said: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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