WASHINGTON (MNS) — The only area congressman to vote against a sweeping anti-terrorism law said Friday that he did so because the bill went too far.
"This went over the line," said Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego. "It's really an infringement on our freedoms."
Filner was one of 66 House members and the only one in the Imperial County/San Diego area to oppose the bill, which gives broad powers to law enforcement.
The House passed the bill with 357 representatives supporting it.
President Bush signed the bill into law Friday.
Among other things, the new law, a response to the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, expands law enforcement's ability to wiretap, detain certain aliens without charges and get search warrants.
Filner said he recognized the crucial need to strengthen law enforcement's ability to fight terrorism. He said he approved of some of the new powers, including allowing roving phone taps with which officials can monitor the calls of a suspect on any phone he uses instead of one particular line.