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House Passes Extension Of Patriot Act

From the ‘Politics’ section of the New York Times:

House Votes to Extend Patriot Act Provisions

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
February 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday voted to reauthorize and extend through Dec. 8 three ways in which Congress expanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterterrorism powers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Last week, an effort to extend these provisions of the so-called Patriot Act and a related intelligence law failed to pass after falling just short of the two-thirds’ majority needed under a special rule. On Monday, however, the bill was able to pass with only a simple majority — and it did so, 275 to 144.

The provisions allow investigators to get “roving wiretap” court orders allowing them to follow terrorism suspects who switch phone numbers or providers; to get orders allowing them to seize “any tangible things” relevant to a security investigation, like a business’s customer records; and to get national-security wiretap orders against non-citizen suspects who are not connected to any foreign power.

The outrage!

Without new legislation, the provisions would expire on Feb. 28. House Republicans pressed the short-term extension so the Judiciary Committee, which is now under Republican control, could hold hearings on them…

Sixty-five Democrats voted for it, including Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, who argued that he thought it would be better to go even further and extend the provisions through 2013 — as the Obama administration wants to do.

And 27 Republicans voted against it, including Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, who said the American people had “a legitimate fear of out-of-control prosecutors and out-of-control spy networks.” …

We would hope that even these 27 Republicans would have voted for this extension if they really thought they would not pass otherwise.

There is a war going on, after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “House Passes Extension Of Patriot Act”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    No one remembers when we do right……but f*#k up once….
    and no one forgets!!
    (Sleeping giants once again)
    SIGH!!


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