Obama approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions
President Barack Obama makes a statement at the G8 summit in Deauville, northwestern France, on May 27, 2011.
May 27th, 2011
08:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama approves extension of expiring Patriot Act provisions

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, who is attending a summit in France, directed the use of an autopen late Thursday to sign key provisions of the Patriot Act that were due to expire at midnight.

By a 250-153 vote, the Republican-led House agreed to extend the expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I didn't like the Patriot Act when it was created, and still distrust it. I have seen the results of the law in action; granting the government monitoring powers in ways that would shock you. They don't invade your privacy, just watch details that you wouldn't think of. I feel less uncomfortable with a Democrat in the White House, but I still do not have to like it.

    If someone has any better ideas, put up or shut up.

    May 27, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    The Patriot Act, like the tax code, needs serious revision, so that it includes only absolutely necessary restrictions on our freedoms. It should not have been rubber-stamped and passed. Better to let have it expire than to pass it as is.

    May 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    And this 'autopen' thing; I'm not sure that's in the Constitution. Maybe 'ol Ben Franklin, in his infinite wisdom, snuck it in there somewhere, but I'm not sure about that.

    May 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. diridi

    good. Let me advise, do not worry about spending. If we cut spending, it leads to lot of chaos in the nation. It will create more unemployment, less demand for goods, business failures. instead, we need to focus on education, infrastructure, public transport. Jobs. Raise taxes who make more than 250k, and take loan on less interest and pay. Rationalize patent, and regulate pharmacy companies, because they are becoming greedy. Bring manufacturing back home. spending caps on unwanted and unneeded. Focus. GOP idiots cry, but o.k for them to cry. These need to be done in the nation. Cut defense spending.

    May 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Tired of the nonsense

    No, no, no. The Patriot Act is illegal and unconstitutional. Why is it illegal? Because it's unconstitutional. It's various "provisions" are diametrically opposed to the very legal foundations the Constitution establishes. It needs to be repealed completely and filed under "Biggest Mistakes Made By Presidential Administrations."

    May 27, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Tired of the nonsense wrote:
    No, no, no. The Patriot Act is illegal and unconstitutional. Why is it illegal? Because it's unconstitutional. It's various "provisions" are diametrically opposed to the very legal foundations the Constitution establishes. It needs to be repealed completely and filed under "Biggest Mistakes Made By Presidential Administrations."
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    I don't like it either. It collects anonymous data, but they take a closer look at abnormalities in legal ways. They ask concerned parties for information. Parties comply. Do you have a better idea? (For example, did you know that the Federal Reserve monitors all financial transactions above $10K per month? Patriot Act lowers that figure for certain types of transactions.)

    May 27, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |