Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Congressional leaders have agreed on a tentative deal that would extend the Patriot Act for four years.
The deal to extend the expiring law was sealed today by Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to senior Democratic and Republican sources.
The move would largely take the issue off the table for the next election by extending the law well beyond November 2012.
same boss as the old boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Surprising! Before he (Obama) got elected, he was opposing everything including the Patriot Act of Bush. This time, he is oaky with it. I think he need more even. Anyway this the world we live!
The Patriot Act is nothing but a misguided vision, implemented post 9-11 in an era of fear. There is nothing patriotic about spying on American citizens in the name of "terrorism". This bi-partisanship continues to highlight these politicians lack of understanding of the bill, or worse, their intentional subversion of American Freedom.
bush-obama, and the difference is ??????????????
"good to see some bipartisan action"? You're a fool! The Patriot Act does zero for the American citizen, besides take away their rights. Pull your head out of your arse, neither party gives a damn about you or me. If you had a brain, you would see that.
It never will be removed, for better or worse.
It's just important to understand what is good and bad about the Act, and where there needs to be some degree of revision.
Can't say I'm surprised it was extended though.
And someone actually believes that the powers that be would allow the tool for the enslavement of the common American would be allowed to expire?
So what sort of 'deal'? It's all extended so the Democrats just caved?
That just about cinches it for Al Bin Obama. It looks like the country will be in for four more years of misguided directions from the oval office and the congress. The GOP may as well pick up their marbles and go home....they have lost big.
What politician today wouldn't vote for something with the name "Patriot" attached to it..??!!
The naming of this shameful and incredibly unpatriotic "act" is a sick joke!
The most "Patriotic" thing Congress could do is expose it for what it is, and get rid of it!
Give us all of our Constitutional rights back, and don't ever restrict them again.
ELECTION TIME 2012:
Party of the We have had enough.....Clean Sweep and start over. Even a rookie cannot do as much damage as these career idiots.
8% unemployment, down from 11%, deficits put in place primarily by Bush, Debt that has been spiraling for years with the only reductions coming under Clinton, Obamacare would have helped many people.
The Patriot Act will never go away, it will only be added to until the US becomes a full-fledged Fascist state. Our freedoms will be slowly eroded until there are none left. All in the name of "Security".
And Liberty continues to die. It's sad that so many people believe that the PATRIOT act is a good thing. For a country founded and so proud of it's freedom it's amazing how willing we are to let it be taken from us. Not by terrorists but by ourselves, all for the comfort of the illusion of security.
The greatest raid on American's civil liberties in our history, and all it warrants is 3 paragraphs buried in CNN's website. We get the government we deserve. "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Truth"
This is not good. When will Americans stand up for their freedom?
All of these traitors need to be removed from office. The Patriot Act makes a mockery of the US constitution and denies US citizens of their 4th amendment rights. All of you should be ashamed.
This is an absolute outrage. Way to whither away the personal freedoms protected by the Constitution and undone by this horrid act.
Glad to know the Tea Party will make as big a stand over liberty & privacy as they will over cutting health care for poor women.
Your leaders on Capitol Hill have once again decided that you do not deserve privacy and are once again violating your 4th amendment rights. Enjoy!
I'm glad to see them work together, but I wish it would've been to repeal the Patriot Act rather than extend it