Friday, February 17, 2006

Patriot Act appears to be headed for renewal

Excellent news.

WASHINGTON Feb 16, 2006 (AP)— The USA Patriot Act is headed toward renewal with broad Senate support for a White House-brokered compromise that adds modest new civil liberties protections to the terror-fighting law.

"The outcome here is absolutely predetermined," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said late Wednesday. "It's going to pass with overwhelming support."

With even senior Democrats lining up behind the measure, its lone opponent, Sen. Russell Feingold, was preparing amendments he said would strengthen its curbs on government power.

Well since you and McCain screwed the pooch on finance reform, pardon me for not supporting a damn thing you want to change in the Patriot Act. That anything needed to be changed is bad enough. But it seems to be ready for renewal, now that all the Democrats have stopped grandstanding.