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House sends Patriot Act extension to Obama

February 26, 2010

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— Key provisions of the nation’s primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House on Thursday evening after Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.

The House voted 315 to 97 to extend the USA Patriot Act, sending the bill to President Barack Obama. Without the bill, the provisions would expire Sunday.

The Senate approved the extension Wednesday. The privacy protections were cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Thrown away were restrictions and greater scrutiny on the government’s authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.

Comments

situveux1 5 years, 4 months ago

Great, the one thing I actually was hoping the Democrats would repeal. Now their completely worthless.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

"The privacy protections were cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them."

Just because spineless Democrats are a major disappointment doesn't mean that Republicans aren't doing everything they can to continue to muck things up.

But I guess that means it was a "bipartisan" effort.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 4 months ago

How's that hopenchange working out for you?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't worry, snap, if you Repubs just keep brewing that tea, you'll get the country back on a solid track of despair and stagnation.

jaywalker 5 years, 4 months ago

"It's time to tell the party of no, NO!"

315 - 97, pal. Don't be a bozo.

"you'll get the country back on a solid track of despair and stagnation."

As opposed to what we have right now? One in five men out of work? Enough 'stimulus' money printed out of thin air that the move has burdened future generations w/ tens of thousands in EXTRA taxes? Soaring interest rates? Government being the number one new job creator? Swell.

"Just because spineless Democrats are a major disappointment "

Huh. Since the Patriot Act keeps getting passed by overwhelming majorities maybe some of these people might actually be privy to the positive results. Ya think?

leedavid 5 years, 4 months ago

Bozo; ".....a solid track of despair and stagnation"

We are on a solid track of despair and stagnation....did you see that heath care conference yesterday? Seen the unemployment numbers? Charlie Rangel?

Yep, despair and stagnation nation is what we have become. I thought "Help" was on its way.

K_Verses_The_World 5 years, 4 months ago

For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.

Romans 13:3

Stuart Evans 5 years, 4 months ago

as of right now, I never want to hear about how George Bush destroyed anyones freedom. The democrats didn't even try with this. There wasn't a peep about it in the press until it was already on the presidents desk. and he will sign it. They have once again shown that our personal freedom isn't nearly as important as their failed health care message.

mr_right_wing 5 years, 4 months ago

Why would a DEMOCRAT-controlled Congress do this? What happened to outspoken democrats screaming about it being unconstitutional? Guess Bush knew what he was doing in this one small instance?? This isn't "Change we can believe in!" is it? Sounds like business as usual.

beatrice 5 years, 4 months ago

From the article: "The privacy protections were cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them."

Am I the only one who read this in the article?

HM: "You guys miss W yet? He kept us safe."

No, we do not miss W yet, and no, he did not keep us safe. Even if you don't like Obama, I don't see how anyone can miss W. Not even close. As far as his keeping us safe, you are kidding, right? I mean, did you forget 9-11 so soon? How about our invading a country that didn't attack us?

bliddel 5 years, 4 months ago

The absurd provisions of the PATRIOT act are the single greatest liability for the Republicans, who rammed the bill into law during the Bush 43 administration. It's a major reason third-party candidates stole enough votes away from McCain to cost him the election. It boggles my mind that the Democrats are stupid enough to perpetuate this authoritarian tyranny. PATRIOT hasn't stopped a single terrorist, but it sure has driven a lot of innocent citizens into paranoia. All it takes is the president's word, and anyone, citizen or not, can be held indefinitely, tortured, and denied his/her day in court. Sound a lot like Iran? America just isn't what it used to be. Until SCOTUS puts POTUS in his place, we ALL suffer.

beatrice 5 years, 4 months ago

bliddel: "It's a major reason third-party candidates stole enough votes away from McCain to cost him the election."

Amazing the silly things people will type. The most basic of searches will show that Obama had 52.9% of all votes, with McCain getting 45.7%. That leaves just 1.4% for third-party votes. Not quite enough to gain the 52.9 percent advantage Obama had! Geez, some people are ignorant! Basic math, folks, basic math.

HM, you are very wrong on almost every level. It is also nice to see what you really think about your fellow Americans -- too stupid to think for themselves. Nice.

As far as WMDs go, even Bush himself admitted that there were no WMDs, so apparently he wasn't even willing to support himself on this idea! (Hello! Is anyone home?) Plus, we were attacked under his watch on 9/11. Sorry all of that obviousness isn't, you know, obvious to you.

mr_right_wing 5 years, 4 months ago

ooohhh, here we go again with dems who have a conveniently short memory. Yes, in the end Bush admitted there were no WMDs, none were ever found. However, when the rumour was fresh from Hussein almost every major democrat backed Bush as far as a need for further investigation. If it weren't so early I'd give you a list of well-known names (with quotes!). Then, Bush alone cannot get all the credit for 9/11...the Clinton administration was also aware of that threat and did nothing. (The 9/11 plan didn't come about after Bush was elected, it had been in the works for some time.) There is plenty of blame to go around. Bush wasn't the devil and democrats were not innocent as driven snow. I'll post again later if you don't believe me.....

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