“With no agreement in the Senate over how to reauthorize the Patriot Act, lawmakers on Thursday began to consider extending the current law for only a few weeks,” Kristina Peterson reports for The Washington Post.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Thursday took procedural steps to set up Saturday votes on two competing bills extending the Patriot Act, a 2001 law that expanded the government’s authority to search for terror suspects. But Senate Republicans said Thursday it wasn’t clear that either bill would secure the 60 votes needed to clear procedural hurdles,” Peterson reports. “Rather than let the Patriot Act lapse at midnight on May 31, the Senate could potentially pass a very short-term patch to buy more time for negotiations.”
“The Senate is expected to vote first on a bill already approved by the House that would alter the law’s most contentious provision allowing the National Security Agency to collect millions of Americans’ phone records. The House bill, which sponsors call the USA Freedom Act, would bar the NSA from collecting bulk phone information and create a new system requiring the NSA to obtain court approval to request phone records from phone companies on a case-by-case basis,” Peterson reports. “Reauthorizing the NSA’s phone data collection program… faces serious opposition in the Senate from both sides of the aisle. On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) spent more than 10 hours on the Senate floor criticizing the program and saying it violates Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Just let the G.D. thing die already!
Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. — United States Constitution, Amendment IV
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
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