I am not in favor of security measures that can be legitimately established as violating Constitional protections. I also think that in light of the international situation, Constitutional issues should be made absolute top priority and resolved quickly, clearly and decisively.
From AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
WASHINGTON – President Bush said Saturday that senators who are blocking renewal of the terrorism-fighting Patriot Act are acting irresponsibly and standing in the way of protecting the country from attack.
“In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment,” the president said in a live broadcast from the White House of his weekly radio address.
Senate Democrats, with the aid of a handful of Republicans, succeeded Friday in stalling the bill already approved by the House. The vote to advance the measure, 52-47, fell eight votes shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.
“That decision is irresponsible and it endangers the lives of our citizens. The senators who are filibustering must stop their delaying tactics and the Senate must reauthorize the Patriot Act,” Bush said.
Opponents of renewing the law, most of whom are Democrats, argue that it threatens constitutional liberties at home.