FILIBUSTER OF PATRIOT ACT “A RETURN TO PRE-9/11 MINDSET”
We can not complain about failures to connect the dots, and then vote to take away the tools necessary to connect them, Cornyn says
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former Texas Supreme Court justice, made the following statement Friday regarding the filibuster of the PATRIOT Act:
“By choosing to filibuster the Patriot Act, critical law enforcement tools will lapse, investigations into terrorist activities will be halted. The Senate action today will weaken our country by reverting to September 10th tools for our law enforcement agencies.
“We can not complain about failures to connect the dots, and then vote to take away the tools necessary to connect them.
“The vote today was a vote to move back to a pre 9/11 mindset. This vote must be undone. We must give law enforcement the tools they need, with the safeguards we all demand.”
Sen. Cornyn chairs the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, and is the only former judge on the committee. He served previously as Texas Supreme Court Justice, Texas Attorney General, and Bexar County District Judge.