Obama urges Senate to renew NSA’s bulk phone surveillance program

“President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records,” Erica Werner reports for The Assoicated Press. “‘This needs to get done,’ he told reporters in the Oval Office. ‘It’s necessary to keep the American people safe and secure.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Throughout the lifetime of the once-secret program, which began in October 2001, it has never been the difference maker in thwarting any terrorist attack, according to testimony and government reports.The New York Times, May 23, 2015

“But with the May 31 deadline fast approaching, there was scant evidence Tuesday of a search for a deal on Capitol Hill,” Werner reports. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling the Senate back into session on Sunday, May 31, just hours before the midnight deadline, but it’s not clear lawmakers will have any new solution. Back home in Kentucky on Tuesday, McConnell offered no hint of how the impasse might be resolved. ‘This is a very big issue that people are divided on. That’s what we do. So we’re going to work it out in some way and go forward. But there are deep differences of opinion,’ McConnell told reporters after addressing the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. ‘We’ve got to figure some way out of this.'”

“The House bill, which passed by a wide bipartisan margin, was just a few votes short in the Senate Friday, and House Republicans appear content to hold off on a search for compromise in hopes that pressure will increase on McConnell to accept their bill or see the Patriot Act programs lapse,” Werner reports. “Paul was unapologetic about his role in defying fellow Kentuckian McConnell, despite criticism that he’s used the issue to raise money. Paul sent out fundraising appeals after holding the Senate floor for nearly 11 hours last week in what he billed as a filibuster. ‘I think I’m right in line with what the founders would have fought for, and I’m proud of the fight,’ Paul said on CBS’ ‘This Morning.'”

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33 Comments

  1. President Obama calls himself a professor of constitutional law.

    Should we LAUGH! or cry?

    Once again, we have crap for leadership in the USA. Why is this currently our constant state of affairs? Is it lead in the D.C. water? Seriously! This stuff is deranged!

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