Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Monday to take up legislation extending for four years key provisions of the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The vote was 74 to 8, and signals the measure should easily pass later this week, although opponents indicted they may drag out the process.
Passage in the House also is expected before the Memorial Day recess but it could be tougher in that chamber as lawmakers on the right and left, who oppose the extensions for a variety of reasons, are expected to team up against it. Some members of Congress, for example, have said they are concerned about the law's impact on civil liberties while others support the law but think it should be made permanent.
Late last week, bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate agreed to extend the three provisions set to express later this week. The provisions deal with roving taps, tracking alleged "lone wolf" terrorists, and the ability of law enforcement officials to obtain any records they deem relevant to an investigation.
They should let it expire, along with eliminating the TSA and DHS. Osama is dead – oh, that's right, there's somebody else now....There's always going to be someone else as long as you keep letting them use fear to erode your rights further. Kick all the incumbents out. Eliminate ALL political contributions.
They sure hate our freedoms.
Maybe the passage of this was helped along by new information from our recent acquisition of Al Qaeda intelligence. That pretty much vindicates Republican efforts during the previous administration and discounts the notion that this is all just scare tactics to undermine civil liberties.
Oh – The republicans will agree to continue to spy on us and intrude into our personal, private lives, but they won't do ANYTHING for us. Bunch of losers. Damn Bush's Patriot Act in the first place. HE'S the one that should be SPIED ON AND INVESTIGATED.
The Patriot act is one of the most invasive and misrepresented "acts" in history. It is worse than "big brother". When GWB first enacted this law, all employees of the Co. that I was working for at the time, were threatened with, fines, dismissal, or even jail time if, each and every one of us failed to have documented proof that all names within a contract did not have proof in the files. I saw several long time fellow employees have their careers ruined because someone forgot to run each and every name. The interesting thing was that none of the names that showed up as a "hit" were Arabic,instead all of the names with a possible hit were hispanic. Look up QFAC.
This law is no better than the knee jerk reaction to put the Nisei in Concentration Camps after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
A BAD law who's time is up.