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.

Read More in the Washington Post

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

  1. Barack Sellout Obama | Feb 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm |

    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.

  2. Barack Sellout Obama | Feb 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm |

    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.

  3. WhiteRose | Feb 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm |

    Freedom? What is the definition of that these days?

  4. WhiteRose | Feb 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm |

    Freedom? What is the definition of that these days?

    • 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.

  5. disgusting

  6. disgusting

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. guess who | Feb 27, 2011 at 2:59 am |

    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.

  10. guess who | Feb 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm |

    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.

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

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

  13. 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)

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 | Mar 12, 2011 at 10:52 am |

      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?

  18. MEET THE NEW BOSS

    SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

  19. MEET THE NEW BOSS

    SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Suverans2 | Mar 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    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?

  23. you are a racist!!!

  24. Plutocracy, shut it down!!!!

  25. Holyshit | Jun 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm |

    Plutocracy, shut it down!!!!

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