The Patriot Act was one of the most evil abuses of the constitutional rights of US citizens to ever come along. That was when Bush was president.
Now it’s not so bad:
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The House has passed a one-year extension of key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the nationâ€™s counterterrorism surveillance law.
The 315 to 97 vote Thursday evening sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The surveillance and seizure provisions are scheduled to expire Sunday. In agreeing to pass the bill, Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.
The outcome is a major disappointment for Democrats and their liberal allies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who believe the Patriot Act fails to protect privacy and gives the government too much authority to spy on Americans and seize their property.
Democrats have retreated from adding new privacy protections to the nationâ€™s primary counterterrorism law, stymied by Senate Republicans who argued the changes would weaken terror investigations.
Expect Obama to sign the extension in the same kind of closed-door ceremony he used to sign the order to increase the debt limit… again.
So, how many broken promises are we up to? I’ve lost count.