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RIP USA PATRIOT Act! (or not...)

Did you know that the US Congress quietly let the USA PATRIOT Act expire last night?


Click the image to see the full description of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Freedom, it is on the spread across the whole world right now!

Now is when we dance.



Chris

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mckitterick
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
DAMMIT!
shsilver
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Your lede is misleading.

The Republican leadership attempted to push through the continuation of certain measures without debate. Democrats and several Tea Party Republicans voted no, which means that the bill will be put to the house and debate allowed. They still have time to approve the bill before the PATRIOT Act expires.
mckitterick
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Damn damn damn. I read more into the story than was there. One must have hope....
emt_hawk
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
One thing that confuses me
is that only 8 "Tea Party" representatives voted to let it die.

So they want to keep the government in your private affairs, despite their claims.

At least reason prevailed.

--Hawk
mckitterick
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: One thing that confuses me
I think you're being sarcastic ;-)

One hopes this truly spells the first step toward the end of this legal travesty.
sdemory
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ain't over 'til it's over, alas:
Political shell games? Yes, please.
mckitterick
Feb. 10th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Of course.


minnehaha
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Sadly, no dancing yet. The three provisions of the PATRIOT ACT have not expired. They will expire at the end of the month unless they're extended.

And they will be extended. What happened is that the Republican leadership got sloppy, and tried to pass this using a quick procedure that needed 2/3 of the vote. They got a majority, but not the required super majority. So they'll just pass it normally in a week or two. Then the Senate will pass it, and President Obama will sign it. The vote, like far too many votes in Washington, was for show only.

Glenn Greenwald is probably best on this.

B
mckitterick
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Getting all excited about this only to have my hopes crushed makes it even worse. Hmph.
jjschwabach
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Letting it die a natural death is probably the best thing for it. It would have been nice if it had never been born, but it's too late for that.
mckitterick
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
We can hope!
jjschwabach
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Hoping is good. Visit my LJ and you will see...
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mckitterick
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it be awesome if the Tea Party ended up being less revolting than the Republican Party? Heck, they might end up with more spines (on this issue) than the Dems....
silverfae
Feb. 11th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Quite truthfully, *some* of the Tea Party issues and views aren't all that repulsive. It's just the most vocal of them are repulsive, and socially conservative.
I'm still fairly Libertarian when it comes to less gubmint innerfearence.
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