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PATRIOT Act Provisions Extended

May 27, 2011 by  

PATRIOT Act Provisions Extended

Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate voted Thursday to pass a four-year extension of several provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act.

POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama, unable to sign the extension into law in person while traveling in Europe, signed the bill into law using an autopen — a machine that replicates the President’s signature.

The bill passed the Senate 72-23, with four Republicans and 19 Democrats voting “no.” It passed in the House 250-153, with 31 Republicans voting “no” along with a majority of Democrats. Fifty-four Democrats supported the bill in the House.

“Freshman Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a PATRIOT Act opponent who had used procedural tactics to delay a final vote on the bill for much of the week, eventually worked out a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to get votes on two of his amendments — but not before Reid accused the libertarian, Tea-Party darling of ‘political grandstanding’ and trying to protect terrorists,” POLITICO reported. Both of Paul’s amendments were defeated.

“You don’t have to give up your liberty to catch criminals. You can catch criminals and terrorists and protect your liberty at the same time,” Paul said in a statement made on the Senate floor Thursday. “There is a balancing act that what we did in our hysteria after 9/11 was we didn’t do any kind of balancing act.”

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  • s c

    Man, I feel so safe I can hardly stand it. I’ll restrain myself from making a tacky remark about Herr Obummer being elsewhere – as opposed to being here and taking care of business.
    Yes, both Democrats and ‘Republicans’ lined up to protect this precious icon of “freedom.” Kinda makes you want to puke.
    If we could have a million laws, we’d be be FREE. If we had two million laws, we’d be g o d s.
    Hitler would be so proud. Stalin and Mao would be wetting themselves with glee. Someone tell me again. WHY aren’t career elected types neutered the day they retire? It does seem fitting – after all they’ve done “for” us – and TO us.

  • TIME

    All I can say is how BLOODY Sad is the day.

    We have not had Freedom in years and Liberty is all but dead so to is the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Now they are both little more than Hemp paper with some ink on them, words thats value has been reworked to fit a plan that has no freedom, nor any Liberty.
    Its to make us all just simple SLAVES to the State.

    Words have been twisted to mean something that was the base meaning, thus its not just Ebonic’s anylonger we face CON~bonic’s, EXC~Bonic’s added to SC~Bonic’s.
    Hey wheres the ACLU again? Ever question why they are missing on such issues? Do any of you really think its just a coincidence anylonger?

    Folks keep fighting the GOOD FIGHT, we may be treated like dirt by our own Government.
    But thats only the hear and now, we will be judged by a higher power who will judge you on your actions not your faith.

    Keep in mind that the PA the HCR, Cap & Trade, and all the other garbage are all part of the NWO’s “BIG PICTURE,”
    To remove anyone over the age of 50, to have a sub level slave state of young turks who will do as they are told with out question, not unlike the Hitler Youth.

    Hey ~ Look into the 11th SS Panzer Unit to see what level of ZELOT they produced, HEY ~ News Flash folks – these ZELOTS are being produced right under your nose’s here in the United States of America TODAY.

    Think I am wrong? Then you had better look into it for yourselfs.. I mean really LOOK DEEPLY into that rabbit hole, pull out all of the stops if you don’t do it NOW when would be a good time to start?

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