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The Nyt and Today’s Vote


If you have any doubts that today’s New York Times story on “secret” surveillance by the National Security Agency influenced the Senate vote on the Patriot Act extension, at least to the extent of giving some Democrats a cover for their vote to filibuster the Act, just look at a speech given today on the floor of the Senate by New York Democrat Charles Schumer:

I went to bed last night unsure of how to vote on this legislation…but today’s revelation that the government listened in on thousands of phone conversations without getting a warrant is shocking and has greatly influenced my vote. If this government will discard a law that has worked well for over 30 years without a wit of discussion or notice, then for sure we better be certain that we have safeguards on that government….Today’s revelation makes it crystal clear that we have to be very careful.


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