Senate PATRIOT Vote Falls Short, Debate Continues
Senate leaders fell considerably short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate by opponents of a proposal to renew the PATRIOT Act without added civil liberties protections. CDT had opposed the renewal measure, in the form of a conference report that left out protections previously approved unanimously by the Senate. It's unclear what will happen next. Despite dire claims by the Administration, the provisions that sunset at the end of this month would remain in effect for all pending intelligence investigations and even for future investigations of yet undiscovered terrorist activity that began before December 31.