State of Hawaii secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Daniel Akaka: Opposed the Patriot Act renewal on civil liberty grounds

I voted aye when congress authorized the PATRIOT Act the first time. That bill granted limited powers, and I voted for it. But I opposed the second PATRIOT Act, because I felt they were being overrun by the administration. National security must be a priority of the US government. However, civil liberties are equally important, and the reauthorized PATRIOT Act failed to provide checks against abuses against civil liberties, and the Bush administration I feel abused the PATRIOT Act.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Supported Patriot Act to provide law enforcement tools

PATRIOT Act II was a reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act. And it was passed after a very long and very vigorous debate. It was passed with my vote. We want our law enforcement community to have the tools it needs to protect us, investigating, surveying, wiretapping, but we want our law enforcement community to have those powers only if there’s a check and balance placed on that law enforcement community against abuse, i.e. a search warrant and court supervision.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

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