Patriot Act up for Renewal, Nobody Notices

  • tongun18

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    Jan 14, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    From Slashdot
    When the Patriot Act was first signed in 2001, it was billed as a temporary measure required because of the extreme circumstances created by the terrorist threat. The fear from its opponents was that executive power, once given, is seldom relinquished. Now the Examiner reports that on January 5th, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) introduced a bill to add yet another year to the soon-to-be-expiring Patriot Act, extending it until February, 2012, with passage likely to happen after little debate or contention. If passed, this would be the second time the Obama administration has punted on campaign promises to roll back excessive surveillance measures allowed under the act. Last year's extension passed under the heading of the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act. 'Given the very limited number of days Congress has in session before the current deadline, and the fact that the bill's Republican sponsor is only seeking another year, I think it's safe to read this as signaling an agreement across the aisle to put the issue off yet again,' writes Julian Sanchez.


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    Thoughts? "Blah" is all I can seem to muster at the moment.
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    Jan 15, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    It should be repealed. Where is the Tea Party in protesting the biggest threat to our civil liberties and individual freedom?
  • tongun18

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    Jan 15, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    I agree, but the tea party is not the one in power. Where's is the Obama Administration's leadership on this one? Dealing with this was a campaign promise after all...
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    What a perfect opportunity to not only renew the legislation, but to expand it! The first bill did not do enough to help law enforcement keep tabs on terrorists... hell, they still (sometimes) need to take out warrants before performing certain actions. I can only imagine how much safer citizens would be if that pesky paperwork could be done away with.