October 13, 2001
"...the least democratic process for debating questions fundamental
to democracy I have ever seen. What we decided to do in committee, correctly, was to give the law enforcement officials all the expanded powers they asked for," he added. "But we simultaneously tried to put into effect a full set of safeguards to minimize the chance that human beings . . . would abuse that power.
The problem is that the bill before us today preserves the fullness of the powers but substantially weakens the safeguards."
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), a member of the judiciary panel, denounced the maneuvering that led up to yesterday's 'Patriot's Act' vote.
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