as America addresses the demanding security challenges
before us, we must strive mightily also to guard our
values and basic rights...I have concluded that this
bill still does not strike the right balance between
empowering law enforcement and protecting civil liberties."
October 25, 2001 (The only Senator to vote NO for
the Patriot Act)
believe strongly that we can protect our people without
undermining our constitutional rights and I worry
very, very much about the huge attacks on privacy
that we have seen in recent years -- both from the
government and the private sector. I worry that we
are moving toward an Orwellian society, and this is
something I will oppose as vigorously as I can."
mass surveillance of private phone calls under the
Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of
every citizen. Yet while we have reformed this one
program, many others remain."
June 4, 2015 (NYT Editorial)
must go further to protect the right to privacy, to
end the NSA's dragnet surveillance of ordinary Americans,
to make the intelligence community more transparent