President Obama Signs Extension of PATRIOT Act: The Same Act He Railed Against During His Campaign

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“Lawmakers will soon start debating” … yeah right, it seems like the PATRIOT Act is a permanent reality. I’d like to know more about the scope of this “lone wolf” provision. Via the Washington Post:

President Barack Obama has signed a three-month extension of key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act.

The law extends two areas of the 2001 act. One provision allows law enforcement officials to set roving wiretaps to monitor multiple communication devices. The other allows them to ask a special court for access to business and library records that could be relevant to a terrorist threat.

A third provision gives the FBI court-approved rights for surveillance of non-American “lone wolf” suspects — those not known to be tied to specific terrorist groups.

Obama signed the three-month extension of the provisions Friday. They were to expire Monday.

Lawmakers will soon start debating a multiple-year extension of the provisions, which have drawn fire from defenders of privacy rights.

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  • Barack Sellout Obama

    Obama is an Uncle Tom Sellout to the progressive based who elected him to stop this nonsense. Not only did he continue, he now claims the right to assassinate Americans without due process.

  • Barack Sellout Obama

    Obama is an Uncle Tom Sellout to the progressive based who elected him to stop this nonsense. Not only did he continue, he now claims the right to assassinate Americans without due process.

  • WhiteRose

    Freedom? What is the definition of that these days?

    • MW420

      Freedom: Shutting the hell up and doing what your told; not bitching or asking questions; believe what your told and go about your merry way.
      Freedom aint what it should be thats for sure. We’re not Sheeple.

  • WhiteRose

    Freedom? What is the definition of that these days?

  • marshall

    disgusting

  • marshall

    disgusting

  • Honu

    oh c’mon people…..it’s two years into this man’s presidency…..isn’t it apparent at this point? After Bush’s 8 years of lies and croneyism, the only reasonable response from a ‘liberal’ president would be to swing that f-cking pendulum back left just to undo all the aggressively right wing policies. Obama refused to rescind the unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping Bush started in the first year and he lost me right there. As his presidency has gone on it seems clear that the effects of the uber powerful that he has to deal with have a stronger influence on him than intentions to serve the American people.

    It doesn’t matter who’s in that office, the real power is not with the president, it’s with the bankers and the corporatocracy. Of course Obama isn’t going to rescind the patriot act, warrantless wiretapping, close guantanamo and other things he promised on the campaign trail. Can we finally get to the realization collectively that the problem is not with whoever is president. It’s the system. We need a serious deep rooting of what has gone on the last 30 years.

  • Honu

    oh c’mon people…..it’s two years into this man’s presidency…..isn’t it apparent at this point? After Bush’s 8 years of lies and croneyism, the only reasonable response from a ‘liberal’ president would be to swing that f-cking pendulum back left just to undo all the aggressively right wing policies. Obama refused to rescind the unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping Bush started in the first year and he lost me right there. As his presidency has gone on it seems clear that the effects of the uber powerful that he has to deal with have a stronger influence on him than intentions to serve the American people.

    It doesn’t matter who’s in that office, the real power is not with the president, it’s with the bankers and the corporatocracy. Of course Obama isn’t going to rescind the patriot act, warrantless wiretapping, close guantanamo and other things he promised on the campaign trail. Can we finally get to the realization collectively that the problem is not with whoever is president. It’s the system. We need a serious deep rooting of what has gone on the last 30 years.

  • guess who

    There is a reason for a three month extension. It can only mean that there is something they are not telling us that is going to happen within these next three months.

  • guess who

    There is a reason for a three month extension. It can only mean that there is something they are not telling us that is going to happen within these next three months.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    I feel better and better about my Nader vote every day. *grins*

    • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

      Me too.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    I feel better and better about my Nader vote every day. *grins*

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    All of obama’s advisors are so used to the warrantless wiretapping and surveillance, that taking it out of the books is out of the question. To them, its an extremely important tool to do their silly little control job. To take away their surveillance tools is like trying to tell a carpenter that he isnt allowed to use a hammer, or his work bench. They just wont know how to do work without them. (its been a decade, thats a long time to get something ingrained in your head that its the way things are done)

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    All of obama’s advisors are so used to the warrantless wiretapping and surveillance, that taking it out of the books is out of the question. To them, its an extremely important tool to do their silly little control job. To take away their surveillance tools is like trying to tell a carpenter that he isnt allowed to use a hammer, or his work bench. They just wont know how to do work without them. (its been a decade, thats a long time to get something ingrained in your head that its the way things are done)

  • MW420

    Freedom: Shutting the hell up and doing what your told; not bitching or asking questions; believe what your told and go about your merry way.
    Freedom aint what it should be thats for sure. We’re not Sheeple.

  • http://clintjcl.wordpress.com/ ClintJCL

    Me too.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002014639214 Prometheus

    There is no “freedom”. There are no “rights”.

    There is that for which you are willing to fight and die, and there is that for which you are not. There is nothing else.

    Progressives need to arm themselves and prepare. Green Army.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002014639214 Prometheus

    There is no “freedom”. There are no “rights”.

    There is that for which you are willing to fight and die, and there is that for which you are not. There is nothing else.

    Progressives need to arm themselves and prepare. Green Army.

    • Suverans2

      A “right” is a “just and legal claim”. Are you saying that you have no “just and legal claims” to anything? Not your life? Not your liberty? Not your justly acquired property?

  • Arayna

    MEET THE NEW BOSS

    SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

  • Arayna

    MEET THE NEW BOSS

    SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

  • http://twitter.com/jonnyxbrainless Jonathan Goddard

    I’m not an American myself, but I watch the political situation over there with interest; given the influence of the US on British foreign policy and the precedents of US domestic policy on British domestic policy.
    It seems to me that the third provision could prove to be the most dangerous of the proposed extensions.
    With all of the abuses that visitors to the US already have to tolerate on entry; they must now also accept the fact that they may be marked as a “lone wolf” terrorist if they have any sort of social media paper trail with opinions contrary to the US Govt.
    Here in the UK, we had a similar debacle over wiretapping which was thankfully beaten down by the public; we’ve become a little too cynical as a nation to be hoodwinked by terrorism scares, even with the July 7th bombings being pushed into the news at least three times a week and the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

  • http://twitter.com/jonnyxbrainless Jonathan Goddard

    I’m not an American myself, but I watch the political situation over there with interest; given the influence of the US on British foreign policy and the precedents of US domestic policy on British domestic policy.
    It seems to me that the third provision could prove to be the most dangerous of the proposed extensions.
    With all of the abuses that visitors to the US already have to tolerate on entry; they must now also accept the fact that they may be marked as a “lone wolf” terrorist if they have any sort of social media paper trail with opinions contrary to the US Govt.
    Here in the UK, we had a similar debacle over wiretapping which was thankfully beaten down by the public; we’ve become a little too cynical as a nation to be hoodwinked by terrorism scares, even with the July 7th bombings being pushed into the news at least three times a week and the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

  • Suverans2

    A “right” is a “just and legal claim”. Are you saying that you have no “just and legal claims” to anything? Not your life? Not your liberty? Not your justly acquired property?

  • Uju

    you are a racist!!!

  • Holyshit

    Plutocracy, shut it down!!!!

  • Holyshit

    Plutocracy, shut it down!!!!

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