Congress Quietly Prepares to Renew the PATRIOT Act

When the so-called PATRIOT Act was signed into law, there were “sunset provisions” of the controversial act that had an expiration date. This was an attempt to appease the concerns of civil liberties advocates,  but the provisions were extended in 2005, 2008, and 2010. 

Rep. Mike Rogers(R-MI) has introduced a bill that would again renew these sunset provisions of the PATRIOT Act. If this bill is not passed, these provisions are set to expire this year. This extension is for one more year, which CATO’s Julian Sanchez takes as a sign to put the issue off yet again. I put little hope in President Obama doing anything to change the PATRIOT Act. As  a senator, he said he supported reforming it, but voted for its extension in 2005 and 2008. His civil liberties record since becoming President has only gone downhill. 

My own suggestion — let’s make this bill controversial and hold our representatives’ feet to the fire. At the very least we need to let them know that their constituents are not okay with this continued assault on the Constitution. 

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