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Sen. Franken’s Statement on Voting against Final Passage of PATRIOT Act

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement after the Senate vote on the PATRIOT Act:
“I voted against the PATRIOT Act today because it extended the law for four years without adding needed safeguards to protect innocent Americans’ privacy and civil liberties. Earlier this year, I and several of my colleagues worked to strengthen the protections in the PATRIOT Act to ensure better oversight and protections to help prevent abuse—protections that were stripped from the version that came before the Senate today.  While I believe that law enforcement must have the tools it needs to do its job, I don’t believe those powers should go without adequate oversight, which is why I could not support this version of the PATRIOT Act.”

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