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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Senate votes 96-1 for "USA Act" -- without Feingold'

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Date sent:      	Fri, 12 Oct 2001 10:54:27 -0400
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
Subject:        	FC: Senate votes 96-1 for "USA Act" -- without Feingold's amendments
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Details of Feingold's unsuccessful amendments:



   Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) had planned on introducing four
   privacy amendments to a bill widely viewed as anti-privacy. The
   debate ran from 9 pm to midnight on Thursday.

   The sequence went as follows for all the amendments:
   1. Feingold introduced an amendment to the USA Act
   2. Feingold, Wellstone, Cantwell spoke in favor of it
   3. Just about everyone else led by Hatch, Leahy, Daschle opposed it
   4. Daschle moved to table 5. Just about everyone voted to table 6.
   Goto Line 1

   The votes were:
   83-13 to table the "trespasser" snooping amendment
   90-7 to table roving wiretap limits
   89-8 to table subpoena limits

   Feingold never introduced his promised fourth amendment, which
   would have limited secret searches.




   In a series of votes ending at midnight Thursday, the U.S. Senate
   overwhelmingly defeated the last-ditch efforts by Sen. Russ
   Feingold (D-Wisconsin) to limit police surveillance powers.

   The Senate then voted 96-1 for the unaltered USA Act (PDF), which
   includes the biggest eavesdropping expansion in a generation.
   Feingold was the lone dissenter.

   Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) described Feingold's three amendments as
   "outdated and nonsensical." Hatch said "current law perversely
   gives the terrorist privacy rights.... We should not tie the hands
   of our law enforcement and help hackers and cyber-terrorists to get

   Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) said the USA
   Act was a "delicate but successful compromise" that provided
   adequate protection for civil liberties. Daschle said his
   opposition to Feingold's amendments was "not substantative but
   procedural" because the Senate needed to move quickly on the



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