"The Protect America Act." Another example of a Congressional Bill that does everything exactly opposite of it's noble deceptive title. Congress just granted the Bush administration even broader powers allowing warrantless surveillance under the control of Alberto Gonzales!!! I sure as hell hope all of you take the time to voice your disgust with your local representatives. I am furious that Jim Webb voted to pass this bill. The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal governmentís terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a due process. The 60 to 28 vote, which was quickly denounced by civil rights and privacy advocates, came after Democrats in the House failed to win support for more modest changes that would have required closer court supervision of government surveillance. Earlier in the day, President Bush threatened to hold Congress in session into its scheduled summer recess if it did not approve the changes he wanted. The legislation, which is expected to go before the House today, would expand the governmentís authority to intercept without a court order the phone calls and e-mails of people in the United States who are communicating with people overseas. No Republicans voted against the bill. The following Democrats voted for it: Evan Bayh (Indiana); Tom Carper (Delaware); Bob Casey (Pennsylvania); Kent Conrad (North Dakota); Dianne Feinstein (California); Daniel Inouye (Hawai?i); Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota); Nancy Mary Landrieu (Louisiana); Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas); Claire McCaskill (Missouri); Barbara Mikulski (Maryland); Bill Nelson (Florida); Ben Nelson (Nebraska); Mark Pryor (Arkansas); Ken Salazar (Colorado); Jim Webb (Virginia). Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd and Barack Obama all opposed the bill, as did 23 other Democrats and Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont. Joe Lieberman voted ...well, you know how he voted. It just keeps getting better don't it?