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"Authority to Spy on Americans Unclear as Patriot Act Expires"

Rushed into law by Congress just weeks after Sept. 11, 2001 three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act granting officials far-reaching surveillance and seizure powers in the name of national security, are due to expire this New Year's Eve.

"This critical legislation protects our national security, as well as our civil liberties, and the clock is ticking," said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., an author of President Bush's 2001 Patriot Act and former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the Bush administration.

Sensenbrenner urged the House and Senate to act quickly in reauthorizing the provisions before they expire at the end of this year...........
That timing is unclear. With so few weeks left in the year and the health care debate just beginning in the Senate, it's possible that Congress will first vote for a temporary extension to prevent certain Patriot Act authorities from sunsetting, according to an aide.

With full support from the Obama administration, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill last month reauthorizing the law that has in recent years sparked much controversy over rights to privacy protected under the Constitution, with some minor tweaks.
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the Kick Them All Out Project, Sensenbrenner (District 5, Wisconsin) has been in office for 28 years.
This is from wikipedia:

"...Sensenbrenner said he will continue working while being treated (for prostate cancer) and that he intends to run for re-election in 2010..."
Time for the golden boot...

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This was an item that Dr. Paul got agreement from third party candidates, suggesting the possibility of bi-partisan support. Another was the war and Audit the Fed HR 1207/SR604

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J. Edgar never needed a Patriot Act.

If it expires, do you believe that this government will "change?"

There's that damn word again.

Nothing will change whether it expires or is renewed. This is all an illusion of hope.

The Constitution exists, but is not followed. It must have expired without our knowing about the need to renew it.

Notice that contained in the word patriot is the word riot!

It just keeps gettin better and better.

NOT :(

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