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    http://www.mainjustice.com/2011/01/2...d-patriot-act/

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation on Wednesday to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

    The Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 would uphold law enforcement and intelligence techniques that would otherwise expire on Feb. 28, and extend them to December 2013.
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    Past threads about the PATRIOT Act:

    http://www.tacticalgamer.com/tags/patriot%20act.html
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    Patriot Act upset vote: Can tea party lawmakers, liberals be friends?

    Some tea party lawmakers in the House helped to vote down Patriot Act provisions on Tuesday, out of concerns about civil liberties. Surprised, liberals applaud.
    Uh-oh, there's trouble in paradise. Liberal progressives and Tea Party folks have found a bridge they can both cross, together. I know, the Republican leadership will find a way to torpedo any such bipartisanship, but it's nice for now. If only Obama, who campaigned against the Patriot Act, would support this uprising. He could look so, well, Constitutional.

    In Patriot Act vote, glimpse of rift in GOP

    On Tuesday, the vote was 277-148 for extension of three provisions — seven votes short of the two-thirds needed. Twenty-six Republicans, including at least seven freshmen members backed by the Tea Party, joined 122 Democrats in opposing the measure, despite backing for the extension from the White House.
    It's times like these that should be savored for the ages, politicians having a moment of clarity endorsing the citizen's civil liberties over the government's massive surveillance state. When you have guys like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich agreeing it's time to rejoice.



    Last edited by mp40x; 02-10-2011, 08:52 AM.
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      Twenty-six Republicans
      Well, they're probably going to get a punishment for that.

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        Originally posted by Flarfignuggen View Post
        Well, they're probably going to get a punishment for that.
        It apparently already happened yesterday afternoon.

        House votes to proceed on Patriot Act extension

        The House on Thursday voted to proceed on a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counter-terrorism surveillance law, two days after the proposal came up short in a Republican-led effort to approve it under fast-track rules.

        The House voted 248-to-176 to proceed on the measure, with nine lawmakers not voting. Only four Republicans voted on Thursday against proceeding, in contrast to the 26 who opposed the bill on Tuesday night.

        The four Republicans voting "no" on Thursday were Reps. Ron Paul (Texas), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Raul Labrador (Idaho) and Tom McClintock (Calif.). All four had opposed the measure on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 172 Democrats voted against proceeding Thursday, up from the 148 who voted "no" on Tuesday.

        The House is expected to easily pass the measure when it comes up for a final vote, likely early next week. Then it will get sent on to the Senate, where lawmakers are debating three separate proposed timelines.

        The Patriot Act provisions are set to expire on Feb. 28 if Congress does not act to extend them.
        That faint glimmer of hope has now been extinguished. This just illustrates that the GOP rhetoric that says "big government is trying to control our lives and needs to be stopped" is just absolute and complete nonsense. Oh well, at least we have Ron Paul like John the Baptist screaming in the wilderness.
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