Harry Reid Joins Mitch McConnell To Extend Bush Era Big Brother Program

Up until this week, Americans who still believe in the value of their constitutional rights could take some solace even as they watched the House Republicans move forward with their plans to produce a long-term extension of the Patriot Act without any reforms of the law’s outrageous powers to conduct surveillance of the American people without any significant government oversight. At least, we thought, the Senate Democrats would never agree to such legislation.

big brother spying program continuesYesterday afternoon, we learned that we were wrong to suppose that the Senate Democrats would stand in the way of the Patriot Act renewal.

Without any public debate, and without any significant concessions from the House Republicans, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell introduced S. 1038, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. The legislation will extend the most abusive spying powers of the Patriot Act, which were actually supposed to expire years ago, given their extreme nature, for three and half more years.

The legislation provides no reform at all, and establishes no mechanism to ensure the protection of Americans’ constitutional rights from Patriot Act spying by the federal government.

Now that Republicans and Democrats are joining together to oppose Fourth Amendment rights of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, who can Americans turn to in defense of the Constitution?

S. 1038 is scheduled to be considered by the United States Senate on Monday.


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4 Comments on “Harry Reid Joins Mitch McConnell To Extend Bush Era Big Brother Program
  1. The Patriot Act is NOT! It must be revised and made commensurate with our constitutional rights to be considered patriotic.

  2. It would be patriotic to restore the Constitution in its entirety, to give people their 4th Amendment back, and their 1st. Muslim, means submissive, not terrorist. And if as people are going to give into the poorly articulated guise of “Muslim Extremism” as this country’s number one problem for national safety, we have A LOT of waking up to do. And if their is going to be combat in regards to extremism it needs to be done on all fronts, Christian extremism is just as frightening and detrimental to the health and safety of the entire nation.

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