Reviewing the Patriot Act | The Nation


Reviewing the Patriot Act

  • Share
  • Decrease text size Increase text size

Permanent Minority. A group of Senate Democrats, including Jay Rockefeller, supported legislation in the Intelligence Committee that expands the Patriot Act to allow the government to "subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury."

In the print edition, this item appears as part of the feature "In Fact..."

About the Author

David Sirota
David Sirota is a journalist, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist, and radio host. His weekly column is...

Also by the Author

Long before Sarah Palin, pop culture of the 1980s valorized “going rogue.” Americans are still paying the price.

Can a populist uprising flourish in a sector traditionally hostile to collective action?

Toward the Majority. Every Democrat except Oklahoma Representative Dan Boren and two absentees voted for a pro-privacy amendment by Bernie Sanders that prevents the FBI from using the Patriot Act to obtain citizens' library or bookstore records without a proper warrant. Because of that unity, the amendment passed.

  • Share
  • Decrease text size Increase text size