Obama, in Europe,
signs Patriot Act extension
By JIM ABRAMS
Associated Press May 27, 2011 at 3:37 AM
Politics | Obama, in Europe, signs Patriot Act extension | Seattle Times
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes before a midnight
deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of
post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of
(ap) - For 8 years I heard Liberals scream and cry
and whine about this... Including Barry Obama... Now at midnight of the
deadline, from Europe he illustrates his and the Left's hypocrisy... It's OK
when DemocRATS "take away our Freedoms and Liberties"... I predicted this when
everyone was claiming he was the end to all that was bad about Boooooosh!...
Those of you on that train... Suck it! And have a great weekend! - tha
Obama's Stand Against Patriot Act Cheered (AP) | NowPublic News Coverage
"It's an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist
threat," Obama said Friday after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
(Hypocrite, Liar and a Snake Oil Salesman!... - tha
With Obama in France, the White House said the president used an autopen machine
that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper
authorization of the president.
Because he can't be bothered with being at his Desk
right now... He's on Vacation, damn it! - tha malcontent)
Congress sent the bill to the president with only hours to go on Thursday before
the provisions expired at midnight. Votes taken in rapid succession in the
Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law
enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused.
(So the President had not Choice, correct?... Is
that going to be the Narrative?... Assuming the AP ever puts this on the Wire.
It wasn't there this morning when I looked. - tha malcontent)
The Senate voted 72-23 for the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting
authorities. The House passed the measure 250-153 on an evening vote.
A short-term expiration would not have interrupted ongoing operations but would
have barred the government from seeking warrants for new investigations.
Congress bumped up against the deadline mainly because of the stubborn
resistance from a single senator, Republican freshman Rand Paul of Kentucky, who
saw the terrorist-hunting powers as an abuse of privacy rights. Paul held up the
final vote for several days while he demanded a chance to change the bill to
diminish the government's ability to monitor individual actions.
(MeThinks when the Left was Complaining, including
Barry, that the AP didn't view them as "Stubborn"... Oh yeah, BOOOOOOSH was
President then... Carry on! - tha malcontent)
The measure would add four years to the legal life of roving wiretaps,
authorized for a person rather than a communications line or device;
court-ordered searches of business records; and surveillance of non-American
"lone wolf" suspects without confirmed ties to terrorist groups.
The roving wiretaps and access to business records are small parts of the USA
Patriot Act enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But unlike most of the
act, which is permanent law, those provisions must be renewed periodically
because of concerns that they could be used to violate privacy rights. The same
applies to the "lone wolf" provision, which was part of a 2004 intelligence law.
(Goodness, don't the Liberals @ the AP sound so
Understanding about this now?... - tha malcontent)
Paul argued that in the rush to meet the terrorist threat in 2001 Congress
enacted a Patriot Act that tramples on individual liberties. He had some backing
from liberal Democrats and civil liberties groups who have long contended the
law gives the government authority to spy on innocent citizens.
(The Liberals at the AP are NOT going to Headline
and beat Obama with this for a week or two to dump his Polls even further...
Predictable. - tha malcontent)
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he voted for the act in 2001 "while ground zero
was still burning." But "I soon realized it gave too much power to government
without enough judicial and congressional oversight."
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said the provision on collecting business records can
expose law-abiding citizens to government scrutiny. "If we cannot limit
investigations to terrorism or other nefarious activities, where do they end?"
"The Patriot Act has been used improperly again and again by law enforcement to
invade Americans' privacy and violate their constitutional rights," said Laura
W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington legislative office.
(^They are probably fairly Frustrated that they
don't have the Echo Chamber they used to when Complaining about these very
things when Bush was President... Apparently the AP will OK anything their
Candidate does now, even if it's EXACTLY the same and Worse than what they went
after Bush for regularly. - tha malcontent)
Still, coming just a month after intelligence and military forces tracked down
and killed Osama bin Laden, there was little appetite for tampering with the
terrorism-fighting tools. These tools, said Senate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, "have kept us safe for nearly a decade and Americans
today should be relieved and reassured to know that these programs will
(Barry uses the VERY Tools that he Criticized Bush
for Daring to ask for to catch bin Laden... Now it's OK... Could some Credit be
given to Bush here AP?... Maybe a "we were Wrong, after all... Funny that"?... -
Intelligence officials have denied improper use of surveillance tools, and this
week both FBI Director Robert Mueller and Director of National Intelligence
James Clapper sent letters to congressional leaders warning of serious national
security consequences if the provisions were allowed to lapse.
The Obama administration says that without the three authorities the FBI might
not be able to obtain information on terrorist plotting inside the U.S. and that
a terrorist who communicates using different cell phones and email accounts
could escape timely surveillance.
"When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, we would be giving terrorists the
opportunity to plot attacks against our country, undetected," Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday. In unusually personal
criticism of a fellow senator, he warned that Paul, by blocking swift passage of
the bill, "is threatening to take away the best tools we have for stopping
(Paul would have been a Patriot to the Left if (43) was still President... Bet.
- tha malcontent)
The nation itself is divided over the Patriot Act, as reflected in a Pew
Research Center poll last February, before the killing of bin Laden, that found
that 34 percent felt the law "goes too far and poses a threat to civil
liberties. Some 42 percent considered it "a necessary tool that helps the
government find terrorists." That was a slight turnaround from 2004 when 39
percent thought it went too far and 33 percent said it was necessary.
(The average Jackass that was Polled couldn't tell
you one Specific thing that was in the Patriot Act... Talk about a waste of
Energy and Resources... Congrats, Pew! - tha malcontent)
Paul, after complaining that Reid's remarks were "personally insulting," asked
whether the nation "should have some rules that say before they come into your
house, before they go into your banking records, that a judge should be asked
for permission, that there should be judicial review? Do we want a lawless
("Judicial Review"... The DemocRATS used to Demand this... What happened? - tha
Paul agreed to let the bill go forward after he was given a vote on two
amendments to rein in government surveillance powers. Both were soundly
defeated. The more controversial, an amendment that would have restricted powers
to obtain gun records in terrorist investigations, was defeated 85-10 after
lawmakers received a letter from the National Rifle Association stating that it
was not taking a position on the measure.
(If you let the Government know about your Guns,
then they will know about your Guns... - tha malcontent)
According to a senior Justice Department national security official testifying
to Congress last March, the government has sought roving wiretap authority in
about 20 cases a year between 2001 and 2010 and has sought warrants for business
records less than 40 times a year, on average. The government has yet to use the
lone wolf authority.
(When (43) was President, he was going to use it to
come after Liberals... He was!... But Barry can be Trusted though... He's on
their Side after all... See how this works? - tha malcontent)
But the ACLU also points out that court approvals for business record access
jumped from 21 in 2009 to 96 last year, and the organization contends the
Patriot Act has blurred the line between investigations of actual terrorists and
those not suspected of doing anything wrong.
(Poor ACLU... They are under the Bus now with
Barry's Pastor/Mentor and his Grandma... Darn. - tha malcontent)
Two Democratic critics of the Patriot Act, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Udall of
Colorado, on Thursday extracted a promise from Senate Intelligence Committee
chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that she would hold hearings with
intelligence and law enforcement officials on how the law is being carried out.
(I almost Cried I Laughed so hard at that... What a
couple of Fags... No disrespect to the Homosexual Community, but Mark Udall's a
Fag... It's True. - tha malcontent)
Wyden says that while there are numerous interpretations of how the Patriot Act
works, the official government interpretation of the law remains classified. "A
significant gap has developed now between what the public thinks the law says
and what the government secretly claims it says," Wyden said.
("Secretly"?... If it's a Secret, then how does
Wyden know?... Again, you'd be lucky to find 2% of the Population that could
come close to telling you what's in the Patriot Act... Hell, the shitheels in DC
who Voted on it can't, nor can Barry. - tha malcontent)
Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman and Pete Yost contributed to this report
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