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Thursday, February 9, 2012

This is not NEW but it is still news

And I am placing it here because, if you are like the average American, you are totally unaware that it happened!

"I believe that when more of my colleagues and the American public come to understand how the Patriot Act has actually been interpreted in secret, they will insist on significant reforms too," said Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who tried to block the renewal. Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat, offered a similar warning.


The cautionary note from two members of the Senate Intelligence committee -- who are briefed on classified activities and are tasked with overseeing the NSA, CIA, and the Justice Department's "intelligence activities" -- is highly unusual, and perhaps even unprecedented.

And it's prompted intense speculation about what kind of constitutionally dubious surveillance, which could include vacuuming up cell phone location records, the Obama administration might be engaging in.


Patriot Act renewed despite warnings of 'secret' law

Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama 

Read the summary in the book, as well as how little media coverage it generated. Then tell how you can possibly think the media did its job with regard to this law.


Yes, Bush signed it into law. But so did Obama!

4 comments:

  1. Ok Matt, I hear ya, but what would the headline be if he didn't sign it? Would the media still ignore the story? Or would it read...Along with Forcing Catholic Children to take Birth Control, not Obama is Refusing to Sign the Patriot Act and Protect us from those EVIL People.
    I agree with you, but the sad thing is, the majority of the public is not smart enough or do the care enough to read beyond what FOX news tells them...

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  2. Good point Alexis. It's just sad that people still don't know all that's in it and how it is being used.

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  3. This is just a reminder for me that most presidential candidates say they support the devolution of government back to the state level, and then when they get into office, they will pass enormous legislation like Bush did when he originally signed the patriot act. The fact that Obama is also signing the renewal of the patriot act surprises me very little, it's political suicide either way. This is the type of legislation where if he signs it he's the bad guy, and if he doesn't sign it he's still the bad guy. No wonder presidential approval ratings have been low since FDR, no one can live up to the standards of the media or the public.

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