Friday, June 7, 2013

Sens. Feinstein, Graham unconcerned with 100 million Americans ensnared in FBI/NSA spying dragnet but Patriot Act author is 'extremely disturbed' by FBI 'abuse' of section 215 of his law

Here's the press release issued by Wisconsin GOP Sen. Jim Sensenbrenner.
“As the author of the Patriot Act, I am extremely troubled by the FBI’s interpretation of this legislation. While I believe the Patriot Act appropriately balanced national security concerns and civil rights, I have always worried about potential abuses. The Bureau’s broad application for phone records was made under the so-called business records provision of the Act.  I do not believe the broadly drafted FISA order is consistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act. Seizing phone records of millions of innocent people is excessive and un-American.”
In a separate letter to Eric Holder, Rep. Sensenbrenner had four sharp questions about the Justice Department's dragnet and use of section 215 of the Patriot Act.

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