Al Franken Reads the 4th Amendment to Justice Department Official

From The Washington Independent:

Just in case he wasn’t familiar with it, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) decided to read the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution to David Kris, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, who was testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee today to urge reauthorization of expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

Franken, who opened by acknowledging that unlike most of his colleagues in the Senate, he’s not a lawyer, but according to his research “most Americans aren’t lawyers” either, said he’d also done research on the Patriot Act and in particular, the “roving wiretap” provision that allows the FBI to get a warrant to wiretap a an unnamed target and his or her various and changing cell phones, computers and other communication devices.

Noting that he received a copy of the Constitution when he was sworn in as a senator, he proceeded to read it to Kris, emphasizing this part: “no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


  1. Franken is clearly a partisan hack who cannot possibly be Serious, because he is unwilling to sacrifice liberty for some infinitesimal extra portion of security. Whoops, I’ve been watching too much cable news.

  2. I (still) have doubts about comedians and actors playing politicians in real life, but THIS is cool. I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you call home – the PATRIOT act is a sack of bullshit.

    Hang on a second, there’s a knock at the door…

  3. Al Franken’s stock just went WAY up with me. Obama’s remains low for this very reason, and for other “Executive Privileges” instituted by Bush and not rescinded by Obama. (signing notes, etc.)

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