The hill reports that Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has said:
“None of your civil liberties matter much after you’re dead,”
I wonder if Senator Cornyn has considered what sort of country the United States would be if our Founding Fathers had taken that attitude.
As for me, no thanks. I refuse to see terrorists in every shadow and permit any abuse by the government to ward it off.
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who has led a bipartisan filibuster against a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, quoted Patrick Henry, an icon of the American Revolution, in response: “Give me liberty or give me death.”
He called Cornyn’s comments “a retreat from who we are and who we should be.”
I'd tempted to say that Feingold really can turn a soundbite... but as the "-1" in the passing of the Patriot Act "99-1" originally in 2001, he probably deserves a bit more respect for his foresight.