I laughed so hard when I saw Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Unnatural Obsession" and thank you to him for the link to my post Friday on the Patriot Act. (Isaiah picks his own links. And he chose to highlight C.I. on the two hearings and me on the Patriot Act.) The Patriot Act is very important.
And it's still in the news. It's a damn shame that The Nation couldn't join the few of us explaining that it was about to go to a vote. I covered it, Third covered it, Isaiah covered it in his wonderful comic. Where was The Nation? Where was The Progressive? Where was Democracy Now? You know where they were and you know they were doing nothing.
Too bad. Because the vote is tomorrow. Allie Bohm's "The House is Voting on the Patriot Act Tomorrow" (ACLU Blog of Rights) breaks the news:
Here we go again. 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. Wait until the last minute much?
In fact, 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.I see that Corrente readers continue to get all the TV coverage of Egypt but nothing on the Patriot Act. Well, when the Egyptians are happy with the freedoms they've fought for maybe they can think kind thoughts for us? We were far too busy focusing on their struggle to take care of our own.
The Patriot Act was supposed to sunset out. Instead, Congress keeps reauthorizing it. And there's no proof it's accomplished anything other than to destroy our liberties and damage our system of government.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"