The GOP - A Party of Whores
- It didn't take long. The new "small government" GOP Congress is openly raping the Bill of Rights and jamming through unconstitutional NSA spying without any public hearings.
- Meanwhile the American Sheeple are more worried they might miss the next episode of Dancing with the Stars or the Kardashians.
(National Journal) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize a controversial surveillance authority of the Patriot Act until 2020, a push that comes just as a group of bipartisan lawmakers is preparing a last-minute push to rein in the government's mass-spying powers.
A McConnell aide said the majority leader is beginning a process to put the bill on the Senate calendar but said that the chamber will not take the measure up this week. That process, known as Rule 14, would bypass the traditional committee process. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr is a cosponsor.
|If you tell people the truth you have |
to go into hiding from a government
openly pissing on the Bill of Rights.
The bill appears to be an attempt to thwart efforts to rein in the National Security Agency's expansive surveillance powers, which came under intense scrutiny nearly two years ago after the disclosures spurred by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers were expected to reintroduce on Wednesday a comprehensive surveillance-reform bill that would have effectively ended the NSA's dragnet of Americans' call data.
Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a chief backer of surveillance reform, quickly blasted McConnell's maneuver and vowed to oppose any bill that reauthorized Section 215 without "meaningful reforms."
"Republican leaders should be working across the aisle on legislation that protects both our national security and Americans' privacy rights, but instead they are trying to quietly pass a straight reauthorization of the bulk-collection program that has been proven ineffective and unnecessary," Leahy said in a statement. "And more, they are attempting to do so without the committee process that the majority leader has promised for important legislation. This tone-deaf attempt to pave the way for five and a half more years of unchecked surveillance will not succeed."
Privacy advocates also immediately assailed McConnell's bill.
"The Senate majority leader's bill makes no attempt to protect Americans' privacy or reform ongoing NSA surveillance programs that do not provide any tangible benefit to national security," said Harley Geiger, policy counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology. "For Americans concerned about government intrusion in their lives, the bill is a kick in the stomach."
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Repeal The Patriot Act!
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