View Full Version : House rejects extension of 'Patriot Act' powers
02-09-2011, 03:51 AM
food for thought
02-10-2011, 02:04 AM
The Patriot Act was shepherded through Congress by President George Bush shortly after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001.
Mr Bush and other supporters argued that the legal safeguards traditionally granted to criminal suspects left the US ill-protected against further attacks.
Critics say the broad powers the act grants US law enforcement agencies violate Americans' privacy, and on Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union applauded the bill's rejection.
"The House should be commended for refusing to rubber stamp the continuation of these provisions," Laura Murphy, director of the group's legislative office, said in a statement.
"For the nearly 10 years it has been law, the over-reaching Patriot Act has been abused by law enforcement to violate innocent Americans' privacy."
im still tripping over the fact that people let them do that shit to begin with and then on top of that, the shit lasted 10 years lol
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