House extends key provisions of Patriot Act

Full story: KMSB-TV Tucson

The House on Monday agreed to a 10-month extension of three key law enforcement powers in the fight against terrorism that some privacy advocates from both the right and left regard as infringements on civil liberties.
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Terrorists win, again.
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Don't forget our fearless leader refers to us Patriots as Terrorists, so of course the apple doesn't fall far from the capital tree!
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Terrorists win, again.
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Could Egypt Happen Here? Obama's Internet "Kill Switch"

BY David Zax
Fri Jan 28, 2011

Egypt pulled the plug on the Internet. A Senate bill would give Obama the power to do the same--or something like it.

First it was Facebook. Then it was Twitter. Now, in the face of massive protests in the streets of Cairo and throughout the country, Egypt has pulled the plug on the entire Internet for its citizens. As this chart from Arbor networks shows, Internet traffic mounted steadily in Egypt steadily over several days, then suddenly and precipitously dropped to nil at 5:20 PM EST yesterday.

The U.S. has condemned the move--in a tweet, no less.

Such a flagrant violation of communications--possible only in the less free corners of the world, right? But since last summer, when a Senate bill was introduced by Joe Lieberman, the U.S. has been considering an Internet "kill switch" of its own. Full text of the bill, "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset," can be found here. "For all of its 'user-friendly' allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets," Lieberman said in June.

As recently as three days ago, CNET reported on a "renewed push" to implement the bill. Plenty of people criticized the first version of the bill, but the latest version has raised even more red flags. The revision bans judicial review over executive decrees. "The country we're seeking to protect is a country that respects the right of any individual to have their day in court," Steve DelBianco of the NetChoice coalition told CNET. "Yet this bill would deny that day in court to the owner of infrastructure."

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Constitution??? What's that?
Communists. Can't live with them. Can't live with them.
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In their first month since winning the House Republican leadership has determined the House would be in session for only 11 days, 62 hours, and 5 minutes, according to the Congressional Record. Some of that time was spent reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor; original parts of the Constitution that were later amended, including sections referencing slavery, were omitted.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOHNNY BONER????

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The House measure, passed 275-144, would extend authority for the USA Patriot Act-related provisions until Dec. 8. Common ground must be found with the Senate before the provisions expire on Feb. 28.

At issue are two provisions of the post-Sept. 11 law that give counterterrorism offices roving wiretap authority to monitor multiple electronic devices and court-approved access to business records relating to a terrorist investigation.

The third "lone wolf" provision of a 2004 law permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. individuals not known to be linked to a specific terrorist organization.

Last week the House, in an embarrassment for the new GOP leadership, failed to pass the same bill under an expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority. Twenty-six Republicans joined 122 Democrats in voting against it. Monday's vote drew 27 Republican no votes.

The main objections are to what critics see as unconstitutional search and seize authority and big government intrusions into private lives.

"I believe the American people have a legitimate fear of out-of-control government," said conservative Republican Dana Rohrabacher, one of the GOP no votes. "And yes, they have a legitimate fear of out-of-control prosecutors and out-of-control spy networks."

But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, argued that the courts had consistently upheld the constitutionality of the provisions and that if Congress fails to extend them, "we will forfeit our ability to prevent terrorist attacks." He said a temporary extension "is the only way to provide House members the time to study the law" and consider possible changes.

In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday plans to bring before his committee a bill that would extend the three provisions through 2013 while tightening disclosure procedures. Republicans have countered with a proposal to make the three measures permanent.

There's pressure on the two chambers to reach agreement this week because next week, leading up to the Feb. 28 deadline, Congress will not be in session.

The White House has said it "does not object" to the 10-month extension proposed by the House but would prefer stretching the provisions through the end of 2013 because "longer duration provides the necessary certainty and predictability that our nation's intelligence and law enforcement agencies require."

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Will have to wait & see what comes out of the senate and what ultimately goes to Obama for signage...

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Billy Ringo wrote:
In their first month since winning the House Republican leadership has determined the House would be in session for only 11 days, 62 hours, and 5 minutes, according to the Congressional Record. Some of that time was spent reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor; original parts of the Constitution that were later amended, including sections referencing slavery, were omitted.
WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOHNNY BONER????
Let's see; President Obama and the Democrats are in power for two years, and we still have 9+% unemployment, but you give them a pass. The Republicans are in power for a month, no jobs are created, and it is their fault. I would ask what kind of logic that is, but that would fall on deaf ears.
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Johanson wrote:
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Let's see; President Obama and the Democrats are in power for two years, and we still have 9+% unemployment, but you give them a pass. The Republicans are in power for a month, no jobs are created, and it is their fault. I would ask what kind of logic that is, but that would fall on deaf ears.
True. Trying to reason with a Progressive is a step into insanity.

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True. Trying to reason with a Progressive is a step into insanity.
I know, I know, but it is fun when they try backing up their lies.
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Johanson wrote:
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Let's see; President Obama and the Democrats are in power for two years, and we still have 9+% unemployment, but you give them a pass. The Republicans are in power for a month, no jobs are created, and it is their fault. I would ask what kind of logic that is, but that would fall on deaf ears.
The very DAY Obama was sworn in, the Baggers claimed the economy now belonged to Obama. Even though, it was Shrub who signed TARP into law. Even though the economy collapsed whiole Shrub was POTUS.

Now, all of a sudden the Baggers are whinning - oh, it's not our responsibility.

Typical reich-wing baggers.

That's ok, in less than 2 years we are going to kick your sorry azzes back to the back bench, where you truly belong.

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The very DAY Obama was sworn in, the Baggers claimed the economy now belonged to Obama. Even though, it was Shrub who signed TARP into law. Even though the economy collapsed whiole Shrub was POTUS.
Now, all of a sudden the Baggers are whinning - oh, it's not our responsibility.
Typical reich-wing baggers.
That's ok, in less than 2 years we are going to kick your sorry azzes back to the back bench, where you truly belong.
You make no sense. First you slam Republicans for blaming President Obama right after the elections, then you support Democrats for doing the same. The illogic of liberalism.
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You make no sense. First you slam Republicans for blaming President Obama right after the elections, then you support Democrats for doing the same. The illogic of liberalism.
GO back to sleep, bagger. You contribute nothing.

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You make no sense. First you slam Republicans for blaming President Obama right after the elections, then you support Democrats for doing the same. The illogic of liberalism.
What can you say: billy ringworm is an idiot.

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Johanson wrote:
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Let's see; President Obama and the Democrats are in power for two years, and we still have 9+% unemployment, but you give them a pass. The Republicans are in power for a month, no jobs are created, and it is their fault. I would ask what kind of logic that is, but that would fall on deaf ears.
Billy Ringworm is a typical progressive democrat: A LIAR & HYPOCRITE.
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GO back to sleep, bagger. You contribute nothing.
Kids, this is what happens when you keep trying to put your round head into the square hole in the wall.
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Oh good! We're all safe now.
Bend over and grab your ankles;
Big Brother wants a looky-see.
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The DC criminals are the biggest terrorists.

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<quoted text>What can you say: billy ringworm is an idiot.
Yeah, old Billy blue balls, like most liberals, can only attack instead of debating the points of the argument. Facts make his little head hurt.

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