2006/02/02

Be Afraid - Patriot Act Extended Another Month

Last evening the House extended the Patriot Act for another month in an attempt to avoid Friday's expiration deadline for 16 of its more controversial provisions. Ostensibly this delay will give House G.O.P. leaders and the White House time to work out changes designed to protect civil liberties, and even Republicrats like Jane Harmon (RC CA) are calling for a, "mend it, not end it," approach.

Blognonymous observes, though, that it's already been six weeks since the last extension, and no progress has been made. Perhaps this isn't about a compromise at all. Perhaps Bu$hCo is just waiting for the right moment to ram the legislation through without any meaningful debate.

The Patriot Act was born at a moment of national and congressional vulnerability, and maybe this is how the administration plans to keep it on life-support. If we see another extension, count on it.

14 Comments:

Sorry to hear it

Blair lost the vote on some of his 'anti-terror' stuff in parliament the other day. we have to enjoy little victories when they come
what do you mean by bu$hco?
(just kidding)
Blair lost the vote on some of his 'anti-terror' stuff in parliament the other day. we have to enjoy little victories when they come.

I read about that, but England is still one of the more "surveilled" society's in Europe. Here's to hoping that Blair loses a few more battles like that.
I think this was just a stalling tactic. After all, it woulddn't look good right after the sotu.

The hearings on Monday on the NSA spying program, i think, will have a great impact on what the patriot act will look like by summer.

Something will be passed that will be called a Patriot extension, but what that is will depend on how bad Al Gonzales pisses off the moderates next week.

My opinion.

Mike
I love how we're the unpatriotic ones and the ones that are destroying America because of the fact that we don't want our constitutional rights to be taken away. All in the name of fear.

I love when frogs say 'ostensibly'.

I want another 'win a picture next to Kvatch in the sidebar' contest.
I think the neocons will keep working for "temporary" extensions until something bad happens (and of course as the SOTU approached we were hearing that "Al-Qaeda has some things in the works"). I believe they think that if something bad does happen, or if they can keep convincing Americans that something bad is GOING to happen... then they'll be able to say "See, I told you so"... and the public will be afraid to the point that the neocons will make the Patriot Act permanent.

I want America back. It is being taken away from us by a bunch of control-freak kooks.
I want another 'win a picture next to Kvatch in the sidebar' contest.

Lily...your wish is my command. The BARBARian bloggers asked for the same at last Saturday's get-together.

I'm working on it.

Snave: Right you are. I'm expecting that they'll jump at the first bad thing (or slightly bad thing) that happens and attempt to ram ti through as is.
Agree with snave. Don't know what a BARBARian is. Reflecting on your comment at Johnny Sutra. I read your posts, I don't care about reciprocity. I would read them if you didn't come by. Maybe you want to use that time on a more demanding blogger!!There are some bloggers I read every day that have never checked me out,and vice versa. The way of it. Its cool. Its all good.
Don't know what a BARBARian is. Reflecting on your comment at Johnny Sutra. I read your posts, I don't care about reciprocity.

Lily, don't take my snarkiness too much to heart. I have to keep up my snarki-cred.

Remember that I'm the frog that wrote "The Conservative Blogger's Manifesto," which is very much my experience from having traffiked solely on the reactionary blogs for 4 months. I don't really care about reciprocity either, but I do think that the liberal blogs don't get as many "Yeah. So there!" comments because those of us on the left spend a little more time thinking. But...that said it does mean that liberal bloggers give the impression of not supporting each other with as much vigor.

Hey...what would I do without out you all? You still read me even when I'm too tired to be clever and resort to re-reporting the "real" news. :-)

BTW: The BARBARians are the "Bay Area Resident Bloggers and Readers".
Better than the BABARians, which entail meetings with strange elephants...

I've only been blogging a few months... bear with the newbies!!! We know not what we pout about.
Hey, the Patriot act works. If we did not have it the George Washington Bridge would be in the Hudson. We would never have known about the guy with the blow torch cutting it down. So I really do believe we need these safeguards. You never know, some guy might come along with a sledge hammer and bring down the Empire State Building and I just don't think New York could suffer another catastrophe of that order. Give our government the tools to catch criminals like these.
All kidding aside, I think about terrorism at least once a week and almost always while I'm in the transbay tube (connects Sodom by the Sea to Cokeland, for those of you not familiar with NorCal). But, that said, I never conclude that the Patriot Act would do anything to keep me any safer.
Is it me or am the only one who cringes every time I hear the term "Patriot Act?" It seems like there is nothing patriotic about it, no?

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