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Will The Patriot Act Be Reauthorized?

The Patriot Act is up for reauthorization, and Rand Paul is promising to filibuster the controversial anti-terrorism law. Do you think the Patriot Act will be reauthorized?

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last 24 hours | nytimes
In Debate Over Patriot Act, Lawmakers Weigh Risks vs. Liberty - New York Times

"...The surveillance debate is part of a larger evolution in thinking about the war on terror over the last decade. Under pressure from court rulings and Congress, and hoping to leave behind a counterterrorism program that his successor would largely preserve, Mr. Bush scaled back some of the most controversial parts of his strategy before leaving office. He halted waterboarding and other torture techniques, emptied secret overseas C.I.A. prisons, and worked with lawmakers to ratify his previously unilateral surveillance programsMr. Obama took it further by formally banning torture, and Senate Democrats on the Intelligence Committee last year released a report documenting what it called abuses during interrogations. But neither he nor Democrats when they controlled Congress jettisoned the bulk of Mr. Bush's counterterrorism strategy; Mr. Obama even went further than Mr. Bush in some ways by authorizing drone strikes against American citizens overseas...." see full article

1354 days ago | reason
PATRIOT Act Renewal: Republicans Suddenly Think Big Government Is No ... - Reason (blog)
"...I thought the Republicans were the ones who agreed big government was indeed a bad thing? Was not the purpose of the Tea Party movement to elect Republicans who were more vigorous and consistent in their opposition to big government?And yet Coats and many of his Republican colleagues are joining with President Obama and Democratic leadership to continue to deprive Americans of their constitutional liberties.Whether Sen. Rand Paul's brave stand succeeds or not, this sorry episode should serve as yet another unfortunate reminder that nearly all politicians who claim to take the side of the American people against unchecked federal power will eventually break our hearts...." see full article

1356 days ago | wired
Security News This Week: If the Patriot Act Expires It Won't Spell Doom - Wired

"...This in spite of the fact that the program is unconstitutional, has been largely ineffective, and would provide the illusion of triumph even while leaving much of the machinery of surveillance intact, as Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez points out. But who needs facts? Luckily, the national security fearmongers are no match for the visionaries of Twitter, who have channeled their collective mockery to colorfully illustrate what we can expect in the pending apocalypse under the hashtag IfThePatriotActExpires. Make sure you've stocked up on food and supplies, for the end is nigh...." see full article

1357 days ago | dallasnews
John Cornyn: Patriot Act has never been more important - Dallas Morning News
"...Many intelligence experts have said the Patriot Act makes the United States safer today than we were pre-9/11. By maintaining strong oversight of these and other government programs, we can have a win-win situation that protects both American lives and American liberties...." see full article

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1367 days ago | desmoinesregister
Allow Patriot Act programs to expire -
"...Each time a law within the massive Patriot Act is found to be illegal by a court or the illegal act is up for renewal, the police industry, intelligence community and counter-terrorism corporations stage incidents, issue press releases and use scare tactics to try to unduly frighten and pressure Congress and the American people into renewing an act and other laws, which are bad for the American people and our country...." see full article

1369 days ago | thehill
Patriot Act on life support - The Hill

"...The multiple programs would not necessarily stop on a dime. Investigations that have already begun under the law would likely be allowed to continue using the authorities until their conclusion. But after that, it would be over...." see full article

1370 days ago | thehill
Senate leader backed into a corner in Patriot Act battle - The Hill

"...But it's unclear whether a short-term extension could pass the Senate, let alone the House, where reform supporters are vowing to oppose any stopgap legislation...." see full article

1372 days ago | politico
PATRIOT Act spying programs on death watch - Politico

"...The prospects of a deal look grim: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday night proposed just a two-month extension of expiring PATRIOT Act provisions to give the two sides more time to negotiate, but even that was immediately dismissed by critics of the program...." see full article

1372 days ago | washingtontimes
NSA phone snooping rejected by House; Patriot Act rewrite approved - Washington Times
"...The rewrite bill, dubbed the USA Freedom Act, would still allow the government to demand companies turn over data on specific targets of terrorism investigations, but they would not be able to gather broad swaths of data. In an effort to head off legal trickery, the bill also prevents the intelligence community from justifying bulk collection under a different part of law other than the Patriot Act...." see full article

1373 days ago | reason
Government Terrorism Fearmongering Just as PATRIOT Act Comes Up for Reauthorization: Coincidence?
"...Finally, the threat of terrorism by homegrown jihadis is minimal. As Mother Jones pointed out in 2013, there have been only 17 people killed by Islamic terrorists in the U.S. since the September 11, 2001 atrocities. The number of gun homicides in the U.S. averages over 200 per week. Terrorism, even on the scale of 9/11, does not pose an existential threat to our country. However, the growth of turnkey totalitarianism does. Given the impending Section 215 expiration date, is it just a coincidence that national security state functionaries are ramping up terrorism warnings? I don't think so...." see full article

1375 days ago | thehill
Pass Freedom Act now

"... In the Federalist Papers, the founders argued passionately for a federal government that would protect the American people from foreign threats. At the same time, the founders struggled to create a structure to contain and control that government in order to protect the God-given rights of the American people. They carefully crafted the Constitution and Bill of Rights to accomplish these two different, yet complimentary, goals...." see full article

1375 days ago | azcentral
The war on terror isn't worth our privacy
"...The threat of terrorism remains as real as the hatred of extremists who mean us harm. Yet Americans' way of life the life terrorists want to destroy thrives on personal freedom and individual liberty. Our government can't forget that or the terrorists will win without detonating another bomb...." see full article

1375 days ago | thehill
Conspiracy theories, loss of faith and the Patriot Act

"...There is a reason why civil libertarians view metadata collection and domestic spying as a threat to their personal freedom, and it is not because they believe government is benignly protecting them from terrorists; it is because they understand that these techniques can lead to political oppression...." see full article

1375 days ago | slate
Flip the Patriot Acts Kill Switch

"...It monitored millions of Americans' Internet activities tracking, among other things, to whom they sent emails and who sent emails to them. It conducted thousands of secret searches of homes, offices, and other premises in the United States an astounding 6,471 such searches in 2013 alone the vast majority of them in cases having nothing to do with terrorism. A now-infamous slide disclosed by Edward Snowden is titled Collect It All, and this chilling slogan supplies an entirely fair characterization of what the government has been trying to do...." see full article

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