Backroom Deal Set To Extend Patriot Act

With bi-partisan opposition to key provisions of the Patriot Act, you would think that now would be the time to move to take back American civil liberties once and for all.

You would be wrong.

With a week until the provisions expire, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) made a deal to reauthorize the Act for four more years.  Doing so avoids a messy and extended debate over the extension and a potentially humiliating defeat for both the White House and members of Congress who have continued to give the measure support through two administrations.

The move takes back a promise made by Sen. Reid for a full week of debate and consideration before an extension and, by its backroom nature, shows that even a transparent debate on the matter is no longer a possibility in Washington.

If the Tea Party Republicans are serious about shrinking the size of the federal government and really are libertarians then we should find out soon.  Since its enactment the Patriot Act has resulted in the widespread abuse of the use of National Security Letters by the FBI to secretly spy on innocent Americans and has produced no discernible national security benefit. 

Not everyone is sitting quiet on the sidelines.  You can join with the ACLU and tell Congress to stop the abuse of power and either reform or repeal the Patriot Act.

 

photo courtesy of uhuru1701 via Flickr

74 comments

Shirley Marsh
Shirley Marsh6 years ago

It certainly put the Bill of Rights through the shredder!

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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

If it needs to be done in the back , what are we hiding????

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Frank Zheng
Frank Zheng6 years ago

Patroit Act = Big Brother Act

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GwendolynNOfwds K.
Gwendolyn Krupa6 years ago

Thank-you. Signed letter. Hope they at least allow for some debate on this important issue.

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Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

Harry Reid Democrat. Why are Democrats supporting this? Are they selling us out to the same corporate overlords as the republithugs?

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Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

One of the reasons I voted for Obama was because I thought he would end these kind of abuses, boy was I wrong.

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Bill C.
Bill Combs6 years ago

Petition signed, for all the good it will do. This Act is an abomination. To paraphrase JFK: "By making non-violent means of change impossible, you make violent change inevitable." Is that really what we want?

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Cynthia M.
Cynthia M.6 years ago

Welcome to the new Fascist States of America. Thank you to the Tea Party and the Repugs for doing more to destroy the democratic republic our kids have spilled their blood for than any alien enemy in our history, for what? Oil? Maintaining a wartime economy? My America was not whoring itself to corporate big dollars and selling the future of its children. My America wasn't shipping jobs that paid into the social security of its seniors overseas to benefit other nations citizens first. My America was and is better than that. My America is creative, talented and committed to the values this nation was built upon. My America understood that we needed to take care of our own. My America didn't send it's youth off to war for the sake of lining corporations pockets ... they died for basic human rights. We believed in my America. Don't count her out yet. She isn't dead. She may be comatose, but there's still a heart beat. And my America WILL rise up and take back her rights. We may have to have a revolution to do it, but it's coming. One way or another, these values ... these inalienable rights ... will not go quietly.

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Ernie Miller
william Miller6 years ago

Scary

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christopher murray

The most illegal document ever passed in congress. Funny how the GOP wants tos trike down any law the feel is onconstitutional, but they are the authors of the most unconstitutional document ever written. I have the link for the PATRIOT ACT, and have downloaded, printed and read the damn thing. Stephen King on his best day could not write something as frightening as the PATRIOT ACT

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