In the wake of a report that Bush authorized eavesdropping by the NSA on American citizens, the
Senate Blocks the Renewal of Patriot Act:
"'If we needed a wake-up call about the need for adequate civil liberties protections to be written into our laws … this is that wake-up call,' said Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), part of a bipartisan group of senators who ignited the filibuster fight.
'They are saying, 'Trust us, we are following the law.' Give me a break,' said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). 'Across the country and across the political spectrum, no one is buying it anymore. There is no accountability. There is no oversight…. This is Big Brother run amok."