[Politech logo]

Politech is the oldest Internet resource devoted to politics and technology. Launched in 1994 by Declan McCullagh, the mailing list has chronicled the growing intersection of culture, technology, politics, and law. Since 2000, so has the Politech web site.

Ashcroft tells Congress that Patriot Act II is a ghost, from IP

------ Forwarded Message
From: "Meeks, Brock (MSNBCi)" <Brock.Meeks@MSNBC.COM>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 09:23:30 -0800
To: "'dave@farber.net'" <dave@farber.net>
Subject: Ashcroft: Patriot II is a ghost

Sen. Russ Feingold just a few minutes ago during a hearing this morning on 
Homeland Security asked Atty. Gen. Ashcroft why he hadn't come to Congress 
to discuss provision of the "Patriot Act II."

Ashcroft replied, categorically, that "there is no Patriot Act II.  That 
said, it doesn't mean that we aren't constantly thinking and discussing how 
to make things better, safer," Ashcroft said.  "So if there are some 
leaks... it's about what we've been thinking," Ashcroft said.

"There has been no bill decided on, no proposal decided on," Ashcroft 
said.  "It would be the height of absurdity to have a bill I want to make 
law without informing Congress first."

Feingold wasn't buying what Ashcroft was saying.  "Well, there is something 
out there," Feingold shot back, "and I'd appreciate you coming to Congress 

Ashcroft finished off saying that "Until I think we have something 
appropriate" to discuss "I don't think we should engage in debate on 
something until it's appropriate."

------ End of Forwarded Message

POLITECH -- Declan McCullagh's politics and technology mailing list
You may redistribute this message freely if you include this notice.
To subscribe to Politech: http://www.politechbot.com/info/subscribe.html
This message is archived at http://www.politechbot.com/
Like Politech? Make a donation here: http://www.politechbot.com/donate/
Declan McCullagh's photographs are at http://www.mccullagh.org/

Enter your email address to join Politech, Declan McCullagh's moderated technology and politics announcement list:

Return to politechbot.com