Urgent: Congress Will Vote to Renew the Patriot Act TOMORROW, Tuesday Feb. 8th

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The ACLU reports:

Three sections of the Patriot Act — the so-called 'library provision'
that allows a secret court to issue orders for anything deemed
relevant to an investigation; the roving wiretap provision that
allows the government to get a wiretap order that doesn't specify the
person or place to be tapped; and the 'lone wolf' provision, which
permits intelligence wiretapping of people not connected to a
terrorist group — are scheduled to expire on February 28. It's
February 7.




Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently suggested that Congress doesn't have enough time to consider reforms this year. That was the excuse for last year's Patriot Act reauthorization.
Members of Congress had suggested that they would use 2010 to really
examine the effects of the USA Patriot Act and return to it in early
2011 ready to make much-needed changes.


And where are we now?
Well, Congress is betting that while they weren't thinking about the
Patriot Act in the past year, you weren't either. Late in the day on
Friday, we learned that the House will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 8,
on a bill to extend the expiring Patriot Act provisions until
December 8, 2011. They want to sneak this reauthorization through,
and they're hoping that you don't notice.

Well, once
again, we're asking you to tell Congress that you are watching, that
you don't buy their fear-mongering or their scare tactics, and that
you want real Patriot Act reform. We've put a new action alert up urging Congress not to rubber stamp the Patriot Act once again, and we urge you to take action. For almost 10 years, the Patriot Act has given the government too much leeway to pry into our private lives.

As the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have documented (see this, this and this), the Patriot Act would not have prevented 9/11, and has led to numerous crimes by the FBI and other agencies.

Call Congress
NOW and tell them to vote down renewing the Patriot Act. Word from D.C.
is that the Patriot Act will be renewed unless there is strong public
outcry today.

Remember, the Patriot Act was apparently written before 9/11, and the government's spying on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here and here. And see this) . These assault on the Constitution did not keep us safe.

Indeed - as I've previously
noted - the "national security" apparatus has been hijacked to serve the needs of big business, and is not really protecting us.

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Cistercian's picture

 George, at the end of the year they want to pass a bill making the Patriot act PERMANENT!!!!

  Revolution required.

nmewn's picture

Not to worry...Tea Party has his back...whether he likes it or not ;-)

GoinFawr's picture

If the tea party 'has your back', should you make sure to keep it against the wall?


Cistercian's picture

 The freshmen are the ones causing chaos...but there are not enough of them to prevent it under different voting rules.

  If it does become permanent the government should consider changing it's name to the Fourth Reich.

pods's picture

Well they did it before the act was passed, why should anyone think they will stop if the act is not renewed?  

Who are we kidding here, they do what they want when they want.  Play the call your CONgressman game if you want to.  In reality all that does is provide tacit support for a corrupt system.



Gold_Buggery's picture

It's not the "Patriot Act", it's the "Gestapo Act".

Sudden Debt's picture

Pariot act...

There's nothing pariotic in the act. MARKETING IS A BITCH :)

was there ever a protest in America against it or did you all just take it up the ass and waved you're little american flags?

savagegoose's picture

if you pay for the chains that bind you, you might be an idiot

ebworthen's picture

Didn't you mean to say...



Resistance is futile.

Only bullets can stop them now.

My neighbor with the tin foil hat said that, I swear.

Sudden Debt's picture

just buy the man some ammo and give it for free to him ;)

topcallingtroll's picture

The buttbomber?
Tampon bazooka?

Now this is why i keep coming back to zero hedge.

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Call your senator... be put on the 'meet the proctologist' list.


digalert's picture

Call your senator?

Yeah right, I'll call Boxer and Feinstein. Both those bitches are part of the problem.

Problem Is's picture

I really want to get rid of that fucking Iron Maiden fascist nazi Feinstein in 2012...

And her worthless real estate whore, warmongering Carlyle group investing, UC Regent wife "Dick" Blum...

And her worthless S.F. judge daughter... Nepotism never sleeps...

Holden Caulfield's picture

The future is now. Be prepared.

chumbawamba's picture

Seriously?  Call your congressman?

I mean, really?  Come on, now.  We all know by now that's a bunch of crap.  Representative government went out with the Constitution.

Now we get Executive Orders.

I am Chumbawamba.

zhandax's picture

Not only that, but I called all three of mine liars, thieves, and cocksuckers so many times in 2008 I think I am on auto-delete.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

The military/industrial/political complex needs its bogeymen, otherwise they'd be out of business. It's a real bitch for them when their soldiers and citizens figure out that the other side is human. Like in WWI when the soldiers refused to fight on Christmas, and instead walked across no man's land to talk to the enemy like human beings. The time has come to put an end to the endless schemes of the banker, who have made puppets dance for so long. Freedom is on the other side of no man's land, beyond fear.

Seymour Butt's picture

Didn't these mofos came to power to "reduce government"?

When will these stupid old voters ever get it.

We've lost all our rights, it's over. Patriot Act was the last nail in the coffin. And it will be renewed again and eventually will become even more restrictive. It will get much worse.

Let's party like it's Germany 1932/1933.

Jason Bourne's picture

I'm too tired to do the fucking math again....but it goes something like this....

Average American 76 years

equal x number of hours

Average waste of fucking time taking ANY flight 45m per side of each flight.

Average number of flights per year for all of the USA.....

That number mulitiplied by 45m equals the equivalent of 2000-4000 thousand people dying waiting in fucking lines EVERY YEAR, because of extra (useless) security.

I'm not even including all the other shit that is a waste of time that we have to do because of "security" reasons.


Don't you hate it when you get on an airline and the flight attendant says that they are primarily there for our safety and that our safety is there number one priority.

Safety is a fucking GIVEN.  I fly for speed and convinience - PERIOD.  Of course I expect to be "safe".  People use safety to excuse crappy service and delays and stupid rules like turn off your phone while we take off - WHY - really - WHY?

We are afraid.

We can't bring bottles of water through security anymore - yet we can buy over fucking priced water in the stores after security.  Did they super check everything that is sold after security.  Is there some special bullshit protocal that perfectly analyzes every fucking delivery that is sent to stores after security.  You think so.  I bet fucking not.


"Oh I don't mind, after all you can't be too safe" - Yes you fucking can!


There should be an airline that takes people through who are all happy with old style security - I would gladly be on THAT plane.  The stupid scared people can arrive 3 fucking hours early to get a plane.

Meanwhile using the bullshit Patriot Act the government can essentially do anything they want - and we are okay with it - because "after all its for our safety" - what a bunch of bullshit!


The Market

Because assholes with no soul, who serve bigger assholes whose entire heritage is soul-less, are running our country (into the ground) and are only focused on what is best for "them", our Stock Market continues to artificially rise into oblivion.  When I think of it I imagine a person running into a burning house with a pail of gasoline...

The people who have been short - good thinking, too bad you're a loser

The people who are long - you are fucking idiots, but you are financial winners.

Buy the fucking dip.


zhandax's picture

Nice rant and I agree fully.  Reminds me of when I was flying all over the country in 99 for Y2K shit.  I came through security in Roswell with an open bottle of soda and the guy says "I need you to take a sip of that".  I turned it up, killed it, handed him the empty and walked off.  The guy stood there speechless.

Homeland Security's picture

The Patriot Act is for your protection. These terrorists, from the axis of evil, hate us for our freedoms. We must defend against this axis of evil and stop it before it becomes an anvil of evil. If you do not support the Patriot Act, you might be a terrorist.

If you object to the TSA touching your junk, you might be a terrorist.

If you question your government, you might be a terrorist.

If you want less government regulation, you might be a terrorist.

If you want to hold Wall Street accountable, you might be a terrorist.

If you want to buy gold bullion, you might be a terrorist.

If you object to an endless war on terror, you might be a terrorist.

metastar's picture

Washington, thank you for your good work.

It saddens me greatly to think that the real patriots who fought and died to obtain the rights enshrined in our constitution have fought in vain. It is an unspeakable insult to our founders that we name an act after them, The Patriot Act, which undoes the protections for which they have sacrificed their lives. I would rather risk my life and face the dangers of terrorists than to have a government which strips me of my rights in the name of protecting me. By stripping me of my rights, it is the government which becomes the terrorists and therefore the one I fear most. From being raped at airport security to having a government which can secretly listen to my conversations, this country has taken a very very bad path.

I can go on and on and on, about this criminal, corrupt, and illegitimate government, but most of you ZHers already know the truth ;)

RockyRacoon's picture

Yeah, but the congregation can always use a refresher.

Raymond K Hassel's picture

fucking Chertoff - giving his lobbyists 30 cents to give our Dems and Reps a dime to fork over our dollar.  Backscatter radiation a free bonus.

Problem Is's picture

The pocket lining worm Chertoff can bat lead off on Bastille Day...

notadouche's picture

This is where the Dems sold me a bill of goods as they railed against the evils of the Patriot Act yet when they had all the means to repeal it they've actually fought to make them stronger.  Your right in what you wrote in your other post GW,   "It's not a partisan problem, it's an American problem"

Cistercian's picture

 Yes.The entire right/left thing is a distraction.

  We need to claim our rights...before it is too late to do so without bloodshed.

 And yes, I think we are past that point already.


nmewn's picture

Finally something we can agree on.


1011 Longworth House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-3508
Phone: (202) 225-6205
Fax: (202) 225-0704


235 Cannon House Office Building,
District of Columbia 20515-0508
Phone: (202) 225-4965
Fax: (202) 225-8259

topcallingtroll's picture

Tis better to light a single candle than curse the darkness . Thanks for the address.

treasurefish's picture

I clicked the link and sent it!  


Now, I can continue bemoaning the use of the Constitution for Washington toilet paper. 

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

benevolent fascism? LOL!

williambanzai7's picture

Gee wiz, sounds like a fait accompli if ever there was one. Why didn't they schedule the roll call for the Super Bowl halftime?

ZerOhead's picture

Yup... scaring Americans into supporting the removal of the constitutional rights their forefathers fought and died to give them.

These security pat-downs at airports are one thing... but what happens when one of those religious extremist NUTJOBS places a SEMTEX turd-shaped suppository up his ass?

Shoe bomber gave us Shoe checks...

Underwear bomber gave us body scans and patdowns...

Will the BUTTBOMBER event give us 'free proctologocal examinations' at every departure gate in the country?


On a lighter note... it should be able to halve colon cancer death rates... and provide at least some free preventative health care to Americans.



Sun_Tzu's picture

One of the main principles inherent in our constitution is the principle of least privilege.  In a nutshell, it authorizes to the federal government only those things that must be done by the central govt.  All others are delegated to the states and/or the people.  We've wandered so very far from that original design that I'm not sure we can even get back there from here.

I've posted a longer discussion here: The constitution and the principle of least privilege.

GoinFawr's picture

Now that is reform I could get behind.

Haywood Jablowme's picture


+1....."BUTTBOMBER" = Brilliant LOL

The fact that this type of crap will be actually be implemented make's one laugh in disgust.

Instead of a 1.5-2 hour arrival time before departure, they'll require 3 hours now.  At least the airport retail shops can cash in with the increased traffic flow.


Confucious 222's picture

Not to mention the bazooka tampoon.

What goes up, must come down, ladies. 

RockyRacoon's picture

Add a little ExLax just for fun:  Exploding Moon.