Monday, December 19, 2005

Corzine on Patriot Act

KHON2 : "'I think there are real problems inside the Patriot Act,' Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., told FOX News on Friday, including the provision that allows the government to search library records without judicial oversight.

'It's not that we shouldn't have the ability to protect the American people ... but I think we need some checks and balances. We lose to the terrorists when we give up what America is about, which is a country of freedom and rights,' the New Jersey governor-elect added.

Corzine said extending the provisions would be better than letting it expire, but there are problems with funding and civil liberties in the current version of the bill. He said the bill also needs to focus spending on a threat-basis, not political whims.

'We're not doing it on a threat-basis and adequately putting money where the risks are,' Corzine said."


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