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Discussion: P.L. 112-3, The FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011 (11 comments ↓ | 8 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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B.G. Eubanks

February 7, 2011, 7:32am (report abuse)

Let Obama have Patriot Act powers? I don't think so.

K.L.

February 7, 2011, 10:11am (report abuse)

I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about what the Patriot Act is all about, perpetuated by the media. It is interesting to contrast the feelings toward this possible invasion of privacy (unlikely if not a terrorist) to that of freely divulging our private lives to others on social networking sites like Facebook!

BLOODNDONUTS

February 7, 2011, 10:12am (report abuse)

It was over reaction at the time. END IT!

Greg Wolf

February 7, 2011, 12:56pm (report abuse)

It's all about a culdure of fear. lets END it

CB

February 7, 2011, 2:14pm (report abuse)

This act was unconstitutional from the beginning and it is ironic that more people that purport to defend the constitution defend the Patriot Act.

I do like K.L.'s comment about people crying about privacy who reveal all (well almost all) about themselves to excruciating degree and on a daily if not hourly basis! LOL!

Repeal the damn thing, reign in homeland security and reduce the budget accordingly.

Hank Neigel

February 7, 2011, 2:23pm (report abuse)

I believe we need to concentrate our efforts at this time to the power our government assumes it has. We need to limit those powers ergo; obama health care mandatory plan. This is the kind of authority we need to do away with, unless we are no longer a free nation. We can fix the problem in the 2012 election and get rid of that socialist obama. Plese go to the polls and vote him out as I am going to do.NO3XC

jd

February 7, 2011, 4:46pm (report abuse)

The Patriot Ace has outlived is't

usefulness and is now being used

unfairly and improperly - too much

government noxing into our lives.

Repeal it now.

Yvonne Siu-Runyan

February 7, 2011, 8:52pm (report abuse)

Bin Laden has won!

HuskerDude

February 10, 2011, 11:56am (report abuse)

Ever try to follow the links between the various bills/laws? It's a real rat's nest. HR 514 makes reference to Public Law 109-177, USA PATRIOT IMPROVEMENT AND REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005 and Public Law 108-458, INTELLIGENCE REFORM AND TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT OF 2004 but the original Patriot Act was Public Law 107-56. And they are all written in legal language with references to other documents, etc. It seems to me that could put our government into a position of interpreting it any way they want and we'd never know the difference. Very scary.

Patriots

(logged-in user) February 10, 2011, 4:42pm (report abuse)

I had to way in on this one!

This sounds just like last time,

"As David Waldman notes, the Republicans’ insistence on using a closed rule makes it clear why this was tried under the suspension of the rules in the first place. “They didn’t want to allow Democrats to have any opportunity to offer amendments (which isn’t allowed under suspension of the rules), but they also didn’t want to use a closed rule (which has the same effect) so soon after swearing that they weren’t ever, never, never gonna do that.” This is about protecting the PATRIOT Act from members of Congress with concerns about privacy and individual liberties. Both parties have gone to great lengths to keep the annual extensions away from the public eye and sheltered from attempts at reform."

I vote NO!

katrina20058

September 23, 2011, 7:05pm (report abuse)

If congress would have spent their time during 2011 in trying to create a budget appropriation that will cost the USA taxpayer more than in 2011 instead of wasting their time taking away the American rights to know what Congress is doing.

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