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U.S. Senate moves Patriot Act toward extension

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How could the Democrat-controlled Senate vote to extend the Bush-era Patriot Act?

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McSame!

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Well, like a broken clock being right twice a day, Paul got this one right.

Let the PATRIOT Act die. It's unconstitutional.

Taka

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"It's unconstitutional."

Osama bin Laden is laughing in his watery grave.

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Well, like a broken clock being right twice a day, Paul got this one right.

Twice a day beats the careers of most Senators who haven't been right more than twice in a decade.

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Was it Franklin who said "those who sacrifice liberty in the name of safety shall have neither?" I would prefer liberty, let the act die.

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"let the act die"

Is it possible that the Democrat-controlled Senate won't let it die?

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The historical record seems to show that human nature tends to make the potential to abuse power an internal struggle to be mastered by each individual, and that that is a fight that not everyone wins or at least not in a timely manner, including government and government used individuals. Hence, we have the conservative stance of the Fourth Amendment. To erode that hard learned wisdom seems foolish.

Yet if individuals in government continue to support preemptive attacks on sovereign nations, especially religiously radical nations, only to then say "whoops" and then continue further to force regime change, then erosion of the Fourth Amendment would seem inevitable, maybe even permanent, and perhaps it is already too late.

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How could the Democrat-controlled Senate vote to extend the Bush-era Patriot Act?

Its passing because it makes sense.

Let the PATRIOT Act die. It's unconstitutional.

Proving you don't know what you're talking about. See, heres the thing about the Patriot act. All the stuff that people thought might have been unconstitutional, has already been taken out. The Patriot Act thats being renewed, is a much watered down version of the one that passed originally with bi-partisan support. And while people still use it to play politics, what this comes down to, is giving law enforcement the tools they need to effectively track and apprehend terrorists. And for me, I don't see this as a bad thing at all.

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Now that there is no political gain to oppose the Patriotic Act, Democrats are strangely sanguine about it.

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