February 8, 2011
It looks like Congress will extend the unpatriotic PATRIOT Act later today. The extension will reauthorize for a period of nine months the Constitution-busting legislation.
The three most contested provisions of the legislation expire on February 28.
The temporary reauthorization is supported by the Obama White House. “The administration would strongly prefer enactment of reauthorizing legislation that would extend these authorities until December 2013,” a statement from the Obama administration said.
It looks like some members of the Tea Party also support the legislation. Ryan Hecker, a Houston lawyer and tea-party organizer, told the Wall Street Journal he believes the act has helped curb terrorism and “the movement should remain agnostic.”
Despite opposition to the act by Republicans such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, reauthorization enjoys wide support in Congress.
Rand highlighted his opposition to the PATRIOT Act during his Senate campaign.
On Monday, Paul said he has “had a lot of reservations about the Patriot Act” and added that he is “reviewing it and we’re going over it, and we will have something out probably in the next couple of days.”
Rand’s father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was one of three Republicans lawmakers who opposed the legislation when the House passed it in October, 2001.
One reason for bipartisan support for reauthorization, according to the Journal, is the perceived threat of homegrown terrorism, seen in the absurd Times Square barbeque canister and underwear non-bombings last year. Both events and others staged by FBI agents provocateurs have led to a hysterical propaganda campaign obviously designed not only to get the PATRIOT Act reauthorized, but also expand various police state measures, including an internet kill switch, the takeover of media by the Department of Homeland Security (see our Obama Launches Total Takeover of Media System posted earlier today), and the steady militarization of law enforcement and emergency services, an effort that has been underway at least since the days of the Reagan administration.