Underdog U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake, making a bid to outflank fellow Republican Ron Johnson among tea-party activists, called Thursday for scrapping the Patriot Act.
The decorated Army officer said the act has proven ineffective for fighting terrorism, erodes civil liberties through overly broad wiretapping and should have been replaced within a few years of the 9-11 attacks.
The JS article notes that Feingold voted against it, playing his "maverick" role to the hilt.
What the JS does not tell us is that Sensenbrenner AND Feingold were opposed to the original version of the act. After some modification and various sunsetting-clauses were added, Sensenbrenner changed his vote to 'yea.'
Well, "sunset" has arrived. The Act is a clear and present danger to civil liberties and should be repealed.
Unless you have an irrational love for Big Gummint or are part of the Party In Government, of course.