Feingold seeks help against 'government power grab'
By Chuck Nowlen
April 5, 2004
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With the presidential campaign revving up and key votes looming in Congress on the war on terrorism, Sen. Russ Feingold
on Sunday urged a UW-Madison audience to join the fight against "government power grab" provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
Bipartisan legislation that would limit or end those provisions is pending in Congress, while the Bush administration seems
intent on perpetuating them through "a lot of little USA Patriot Act IIs," Feingold also noted during a speech at the Memorial
"Three years later, it's become clear that this was nothing more than an old wish list for the FBI that never would have
passed on Sept. 10 - or any other time in history for that matter. To me, this is a naked power grab by the government itself."
In the wake of growing opposition from Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike, President Bush has even
directed sponsors of follow-up Patriot Act extensions not to use the act's name in their measures' titles, Feingold said.
Feingold urged the audience to instead support a pending "Safe Act," which would place time limits on secret searches,
stop the automatic release of library, computer and health records, and restrict "roving wiretaps" without clear evidence
of a threat to U.S. security. ...
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