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House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers 284

Posted by Roblimo
from the patriotism-versus-freedom-chapter-85,672 dept.
schwit1 writes "The House failed to extend three key expiring provisions of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, elements granting the government broad and nearly unchecked surveillance power on its own public. The failure of the bill, sponsored by Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis), for the time being is likely to give airtime to competing measures in the Senate that would place limited checks on the act's broad surveillance powers. The White House, meanwhile, said it wanted the expiring measures extended through 2013."
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House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers

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  • by rodgster (671476) <rodgster AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:59PM (#35146830) Journal

    I was going to send a comment to my congressman demanding that he vote against this unconstitutional atrocity. Thankfully this didn't pass and hopefully has finally begun to sunset. I can only hope we can someday resurrect the Constitution.

  • Bold prediction: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by straponego (521991) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @12:03AM (#35146864)
    The bill will be reintroduced and will pass easily, probably with an end to sunset provisions. It's amazing how many erstwhile defenders of the Constitution, like Patrick Leahy, have become rubber stamps-- fig leaves, at best-- for the surveillance state ever since the Patriot Act made wiretapping of important people ubiquitous. Well, it wasn't just since the Patriot Act. It was right around the time US Government anthrax went out to the most liberal members of Congress and Paul Wellstone's plane crashed. Good times.
  • by nzap (1985014) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @01:07AM (#35147232)

    Save your praise: most of the Republicans actually supported extension. It only failed by seven votes, and that because almost every Democrat and some of the Tea Party newcomers opposed it.

    Democrats did better in this case, but don't give them too much credit. "Almost every" in my mind means 90-99%. Republicans overwhelmingly supported it, but so did 35% of democrats [govtrack.us]. I just want to point out that if each party had half the house and 1/3 of democrats supports a bill: 1/2 + 1/3*1/2 = 2/3 (enough to pass). The bill only lost by rounding error.

  • Re:Who is Roblimo (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Roblimo (357) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @03:24AM (#35147834) Homepage Journal

    Actually, I'm retired and just helping out a little when others are taking breaks/vacations or are out sick.

    - Robin

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