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GOP conservatives block extension of Patriot Act

There are 25 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Feb 9, 2011, titled GOP conservatives block extension of Patriot Act. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

The Republican-led House yesterday failed to pass a short-term extension of the Patriot Act favored by GOP leaders, an unexpected political setback.

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Sly Fox News

New York, NY

#22 Feb 10, 2011
Tea Party Tim wrote:
The old guard neocons are learning that lip service might not be enough for the new Tea Party reps.
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything." Josef Stalin

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends
January 17, 2006 http://tinyurl.com/2cnkcy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/17/politics/17...
Sly Fox News

New York, NY

#23 Feb 10, 2011
moooo

AOL

#24 Feb 10, 2011
StealthisBlog wrote:
Question: Have ANY terrorists been apprehended or terror plots foiled by the PATRIOT ACT? From my research mostly drug prosecutions have come from the provisions of the PATRIOT ACT. When and where has this law been applied as intended?
Laws written in panic and fear are rarely good law.
Now that we are getting picky, how about the constitutionality of the forfeture laws?
Sly Fox News

New York, NY

#25 Feb 11, 2011
"We can have democracy in this country or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both."

--Louis Brandeis Supreme Court Justice 1941

"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it."

--Edward Dowling

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.

--Benito Mussolini

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The Constitution 101:

In the Federalist Papers it said: We were not going to have a monarchy, and we were not going to have a democracy.$$$$$$$

And to this day we have neither. For two hundred years we have had an oligarchical system in which men of property can do well (Dumbya Bush), and others are on their own.$$$$$$$

American politics is essentially a family affair, as are most oligarchies. When the father of the Constitution, James Madison, was asked how on earth any business could get done in Congress when the country contained 100 million people whose representatives would number half a thousand, Madison took the line that oligarchy's iron law always obtains: A few people invariably run the show; and keep it, if they can, in the family.$$$$$$$

Our founding fathers had such a fear and loathing of democracy that they invented the Electoral College so that the popular voice of the people could be throttled, much as the Supreme Court throttled the Floridians on December 12, 2000.$$$$$$$

We were to be neither a democracy, subject to majoritarian tyranny, nor a dictatorship, subject to Caesarean folly.$$$$$$$

As American media is controlled by that corporate America which provides us with political candidates a well-informed electorate is not possible.$$$$$$$
Sly Fox News

New York, NY

#26 Feb 11, 2011
CCR v Bush / http://tinyurl.com/ycmducg
This case is brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of lawyers and others working with the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. It is based on the chilling effect on their ability to defend their clients due to the targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA that has been admitted by the President.
http://www.eff.org/cases/ccr-v-bush

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