Patriot Act Extended

Posted on May 27, 2011 by

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) takes a walk with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. to the Senate Floor on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Obama, just before the midnight deadline, signed a  bill into law that’d give a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Obama is currently in France right now so the white house had to use something called an auto-pen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. This machine is only used with proper permission and authorization of the president.

Congress had rushed the bill to Barack Obama yesterday, Thursday night May 26th. They passed the bill to Obama to sign just hours before the midnight deadline. It took a while, though, for thee Senate and House to pass this bill. Almost unsure if this bill would get cleared, the Senate and the House both voted yes and were in favor of the Patriot Act extension. Congress wasn’t in favor at first because they wanted to completely ensure law enforcement wouldn’t be abusing their power, Congress only wanted to ensure the  individual liberties of the United States citizens, which I can honestly say I am happy to see that our elected officials are thinking about ensuring our liberties and rights… government isn’t always that thoughtful but they must’ve had a change in heart! Ha ha:)

Senate voted 72-23 and the House passed during an evening vote of 250-153. One of the main reasons this bill was tough to pass was because of the hard-headed and stubborn Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky. Also another “superstar” in Congress, Republican from Texas Ron Paul, that was obviously AGAINST the bill (because he voted NO), which probably made it tough, So now with this bill passed it ADDS four years to the legal life of roving wiretaps (authorized not because the communication line/device but because the person) and four years of court ordered searches of business records and of surveillance to non-American “lone-wolfs” that do not have terrorist organization ties but still might be a possible threat.

I am a little bit worried personally about the Patriot Act being extended… I like thee idea of having more and more intel and knowledge of suspicious possible terrorists by extending this Act, but I’m not so happy about how they have endless amounts of pathways to OUR privacy. The government has all of the possible ways of hacking and taking away our privacy because this bill has now been extended, I do not think there should be anymore ways for the government to do that! I use  a cell phone, private IM’s on Facebook, private E-Mails, private Skype web-chats, private X-Box Live parties (etc.) almost EVERY SINGLE DAY, the government now has a way to listen in on all of that for another four years. Like I said I am happy that we can extend the Patriot Act so we can face terrorism head-on but… we know how the government is… they’re nosy sons of bitches! So, all in all, I am COMPLETELY in favor with extending the Patriot Act but… I do not want government officials to misuse the powers given.

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