Remember the good old days when President Bush would talk about the patriot act and congress claimed VP Dick Chaney was listening to peoples phone calls. Remember when President Obama said it needed to be looked at and retooled. The Senate voted Wednesday to extend for a year key provisions of the nation’s counterterrorism surveillance law that are scheduled to expire at the end of the month. This was even approved on a voice vote with no debate. The big issues that would expire if this does not pass are authorizing court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. Court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations and the permission of surveillance against lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen suspected of engaging in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group. The democrats did try to stuff some new privacy protections into the law. The Judiciary Committee wanted to make some changes but in the end it was easier to pass as is, this is why there was no debate. We wonder when this President is going to make good on any of those promises he made to people to get their votes. If this was a Republican president he would have been badgered everyday why he said he was going to do one thing to get elected and completely another once in office.
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