Continuing our new age of freedom, Congress has renewed the Patriot Act. The Senate passed it Wednesday, and the House passed the reauthorization last night, 315 to 97, and has sent it to President Obama. Democratic Senators say they were going to stick in some “privacy protections,” but the Republicans, with their 41-59 majority, wouldn’t let them. Democrats in the House, says Capitol Hill Blue, “didn’t even try.”
This authorization extends the Patriot Act, which allows roving wiretaps, document seizures, and other abuses of traditional American civil liberties, through February 28, 2011. The Act would expire on Sunday if Obama doesn’t sign, but it is expected that he will.