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ABC News: Obama Admin. Says Rand Paul Risking National Security by Delaying Patriot Act

May 26, 2011 2:24 PM

The Obama Administration today accused Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., of threatening national security by insisting on more debate on extension of the Patriot Act and potentially allowing it to expire at midnight.

Read more about the Kentucky senator's objection and potential lapse of the Patriot Act:


If Congress fails to pass the legislation before it expires at the end of day, it will pose “a significant risk to U.S. national security,” a senior administration official told ABC News.

“The bottom line is that if these provisions are allowed to lapse, even temporarily, the nation will be less safe,” the official said.


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I guess he has there

I guess he has their attention now. I thought Obombya was against the patriot act once upon a time.

Obama ALWAYS supported The Patriot Act

I followed the 2007-2008 campaign closely, and Obama always supported The Patriot Act. As a Senator he happily voted in favor of passage.

He confused a few people during the Primaries, by blabbering on the campaign trail about "working with Dick Lugar to change a few provisions" (to mollify the liberals rightfully concerned about their rights and freedoms being taken away), but this was just empty rhetoric.

The Patriot Act never had any provisions of any consequence to alter its clear and purposeful destruction of The Bill Of Rights. And Senator Obama was nothing but a cheerleader for its passage.

I had hoped that Obama might at least be open to rolling back some provisions, but as we have seen with the handling of this whole issue in the Senate -- they just wanted to ram it on through (not unlike the 5 simultaneous endless Wars that we have going on).

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Thanks for keeping the record straight,


The man has been a fraud

and liar from the get go.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya