Obama Signs One-Year Extension of Patriot Act

HOAXFrom the AP:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation’s main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.

Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama’s signature Saturday.

The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government’s ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.

Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will:

Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.

Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations.

Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group…

15 Comments on "Obama Signs One-Year Extension of Patriot Act"

  1. Hadrian999 | Mar 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm |

    It's funny how politicians only dislike unchecked power until they are the ones who wield it.

  2. This is why when men in power come to you during a time of national crisis, and try to play on your fears, it's VITALLY important not to be fearful. And to be careful not to give up liberties in such a time, when you would rather have died than give them up in a less scary day.

    It's important because once given away, it's doubly difficult to get it back.

    Personally, I'm about as Liberal as they come, but on this, Obama and I have issues. This is very much the WRONG MOVE. And while I know what forces within the Administration encouraged him to do this, I would hope that he'd listen less to them, and more to his constitutional law degree, along with his conscience.

    He didn't begin any of these crimes, but the longer he allows them to persist, the more he becomes an accomplice after the fact.

    He shouldn't let the slime of the previous administration stain his own. He needs to cut the cancer out of the government and start holding those who authored these evil policies accountable, or the cancer will grow and fester.

    • I'll support those who are for peace and freedom, democrat or republican (but usually neither of those parties advocate peace and/or freedom; one is compelled to resort to third parties) . Unfortunately, Obama didn't really campaign on either of those platforms, and his voting record showed that he would carry on the same polices as Bush. Maybe someone's holding a knife to his throat…

  3. damn politicians | Mar 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm |

    what a cunt

  4. YEP. everyone called me crazy…. he did straight up LIE. about everything….. some people even still believe hes “changing” things for the better lol. only thing obama is good at is reading a teleprompter and lying without even knowing hes lying. lol.

  5. chinagreenelvis | Mar 2, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    These are perfectly good sections of the Patriot Act which deal in *court-approved* surveillance activity. This isn't a power grab by a tyrant, its a recognition that hey – some security is actually worth investing in. If you didn't notice, significant portions of the act itself have been whittled down and discarded. This isn't a renewal of the whole shebang.

    Those of you who see the words “Patriot Act” and suddenly throw the President you probably voted for to the dogs are worse than the right-wing nutjobs who tried to convince the world that he was Stalin.

    Stop thinking in black and white. Honestly, the world is painted in shades of gray.

    • NO, you dont get it! | Mar 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm |

      NO, YOU are seeing in black in white. Did you not hear about obama talking about implementing “preventative detention”? No court. No trial. Thought crime. AAAAAnd the patriot act has seldom been used “to fight terror”, most are drug dealers. The main, and damning point here, is that this bill is unconstitutional, therefore, it is illegal. Straight up. Thats all there is to it. They take more and more and more, they have been, is it going to be “ok” when we have no rights left? History repeats itself, over and over and there is always an individual or small group of people trying to take over the population. This has occured in almost EVERY society. Get real, this bill isnt “something good”.
      And about obama…. wow…. Im NOT racist whatsoever. This ass clown puppet tricked so many people. Its actually sad that people dont realize that when someone has that much campaign money from corporations (including healthcare and insurance companies) and wall st banks, ITS BAD. I voted for ron paul. I enjoy the constitution, i used to hate all forms of government, but the truth is, the constitution is our last hope, so im clinging to it. Thats what you dont get.

      • chinagreenelvis | Mar 3, 2010 at 11:49 am |

        First of all, typing your words in ALL CAPS for emphasis doesn't make them any more powerful. In fact, it makes me less inclined to reply, so I'll do my best to counter the majority of your argument with one question:

        If the government is trying to take more and more, why has the Patriot Act been whittled down instead of compounded upon?

        As for drug dealers, the attitudes of the population regarding drugs is in a constant shift in favor of them, especially marijuana. Unfortunately, our Government is slow to respond to the will of the people. Nonetheless, I'm confident that it will eventually follow suit as the senior members of congress who still remember seeing Reefer Madness in a penny arcade die off and are replaced by the generations of those who have been fostered by a by a culture that not only accepts psychoactive drug use, but has experienced it as well.

        I agree that the government as a whole is feeding itself full of its own paranoid excrement. It's a cycle: the more they try to make us fear the threat of the world, the more they fear it themselves. This is why we have talk of things like preventative detention for terror suspects. Does it border on an Orwellian surreality? Sure, but imagine where we would be without a system. If we didn't have the Federal Government and its military strength, we'd wind up as a melting pot of miniature power struggles with no centralized system of trade with the outside world, left to our own individual defenses against annexation by some external force.

        It is absolutely an integral part of human nature to form defensive spheres around communes, and when those communes grow large enough, so does the protection racket we call government. When that government oversteps its boundaries and starts drafting things like the Patriot Act, it's a miracle that there's any room left in Washington for those who would think twice about renewing the whole damn thing.

        Obama was our best option for a rational president who not only recognizes the need to pull back but also the importance of maintaining a grip. Just because he doesn't storm through D.C. with the power and the will to undo everything that makes our system work, you bastards try to crucify him. Possibly the most controversial President in American History; the Right paints him as “too far left,” the Left paints him as “too far right.” They say it's impossible to make everybody happy, but it's apparently possible to make everybody unhappy.

        No President is beyond criticism, but the vitriol and the fervor that I see held by the Very Loud reeks of reactionary ignorance, something the sensationalist media (including sites like Disinfo, which I both love and yet take with a grain of salt) chuck at you in the hopes of not only maintaining readership, but also to have their tiny push of influence in the giant social engineering experiment that the 21st Century has made out of journalism.

        • reply from NO! | Mar 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm |

          i partially agree with what you say, i have to admit. your not an idiot like most people on here these days. that still doesnt change my mind about the patriot act in general…. it was supposed to be gone, in its original form, which is why it was cut back a bit. i like the way you put it that we are all part of a social engineering experiment, because that is the truth. well, really, what that means is that there is no real “great truth”. piles upon piles of disinformation and lies with a small cherry of unknown truths. so what im saying is, i agree with you, but i just cant trust that the people behind the patriot act are inclined to think like you. know what i mean?

          • chinagreenelvis | Mar 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

            Laws in any language will unfortunately be misread, misinterpreted, and ultimately, misused. The one thing I've come to terms with recently is that deception is part of human nature.

            All living creatures deceive one another as part of the struggle to survive. Sea creatures that pretend to be rocks in order to get the drop on prey, birds in conflict who ruffle their feathers to make themselves appear larger. Human evolution brought language into the mix; we lie to each other in order to gain societal advantages. It's a shame that we wind up using that skill in such terrible examples of self-defeat. Partisan politicians will lie in order to benefit themselves, their ideologies, and sometimes, their communities. What they don't often consider is the scope of their influence. This sort of communication breakdown, in the end, crosses national borders – and leads to the worst of humanity's acts: exploitation, war, and terrorism. If the world worked the way I wanted it to, we wouldn't need Patriot Acts in the first place. It's a damned good debate as to whether or not we really even do, but I have no choice but to sympathize with the circumstances that created it.

            I honestly believe that the propensity to lie to ourselves is the one hurdle that we as a species must overcome in order to take the penultimate step forward: getting off the damn planet. I have my doubts that natural selection will rid us of this, however, unless of course the 2012 mystics are right and we're all going to be suddenly zapped with some sort of global telepathy in two years. Wouldn't that be a nice change – the inability to disinform.

          • reply from NO! | Mar 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

            true that man. ive always thought that 2012 could be an….. “awakening” is i guess the best way i can put it. maybe a large scale society revamp. probably not, but i can hope. it just seems as if people are approaching a new level of consciousness, on many different scales. i could be completely wrong, im just trying to put some faith in humanity i guess. truthfully, id like to move to ecuador, and be away from anything that resembles modern day society. i think we should go back to tribes. people werent meant to live in the ways that we do. artificial freedom, artificial happiness, artificial hope, even artificial sensations of “belonging”. all of the contributors to what todays society has become can eat a dick, to put it bluntly. human nature just sucks in general i suppose.

          • chinagreenelvis | Mar 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

            Humanity is dual natured. It's the influence of Western modern media that makes it seems as if the scales have tipped. The fnords can be spotted with a bit of critical thinking. (A discordian reference.) It may seem like we're all doomed and that the only thing that can save us is cosmic intervention, and who knows – maybe that's the case, but I tend to think it will all sort itself out. Meanwhile, the rest of us are all yelling at the movie screen without realizing what we're saying. Comment threads on Internet sites are what gets me most.

            I've shared in the tribal fantasy, and if it seemed as if the Earth could last forever, I'd be all for it. Indigenous peoples understand the harmony of an ecosystem, but they don't tend to build starships. It's a shit trade-off, though, losing touch with nature in order to become technologically capable enough to survive in the long run, all the while trying like hell not to blow yourself up in the process. Who knows, a few million years of harmony and then sailing gently into the supernova can sound pretty tempting compared with an eternity of populating the universe with assholes.

            But then, maybe it doesn't have to be that way. And maybe it won't.

      • kounterfeitchange | May 25, 2010 at 3:43 am |

        do you know who wrote the constitution?

  6. kounterfeitchange | May 25, 2010 at 8:43 am |

    do you know who wrote the constitution?

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