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Posted on May 26, 2011
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On Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of extending the part of the Patriot Act that allows U.S. law enforcement officials to legally eavesdrop on certain phone calls for the sake of—you guessed it—homeland security.

SFGate:

The measure “will safeguard us from future attacks,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said before the vote. “By extending this invaluable terror-fighting tool, we’re staying ahead” of terrorists who want to attack the U.S., he said.

The bill’s roving-wiretap section allows federal agents to obtain a single warrant to monitor telephone calls of suspects using a series of mobile phones.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 29, 2011 at 3:08 am Link to this comment

Based on previous postings; I strongly suspect Gerard
was sarcastically inclined in his/her comment.
Wind, solar, and geo-thermal would produce far more
than 800k jobs and be far healthier than the thought
police.

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By Chris Herz, May 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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Gerard has it right, without all this surveillance 850,000 more people would be unemployed.  And don’t forget they are part of an 80 billion/year new industry.

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By RT44, May 28, 2011 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Of course you could see this coming. Once they have the power they won’t give it up….not even the so called good guys. What was that about absolute power?

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

Zieg heil, ya’ll. But where I live it’s far worse.
So, stay on your toes and don’t let the bastards wear
you down.

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By PatrickHenry, May 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

Yes LilyMaskew,

Booga Booga, Al Qaeda under your bed has wasted trillions.

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By Steve E, May 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Go ahead and ignore history. For years people predicted that the rise in power of
Hitler would eventually lead to war in Europe. Others looked the other way, then
zap. Millions regretted not packing in advance. Need more examples.

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By LilyMaskew, May 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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In the 1950’s we were afraid of Communists under every rock; now, 60 years later, we are still afraid of that nebulous enemy that will get us.  On May 21st many, many people were convinced that it would be the end of the world (it wasn’t).  Is it ever possible to learn from experience that there are those who willfully spread rumors of disaster?  Is it ever possible for thinking human beings to not fall into that type of trap?  Will people ever be able to discern between the truth and propaganda?  The Patriot Act symbolizes how easily we can succumb to internal fears bearing little or no resemblance to reality.

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By Ralph Kramden, May 27, 2011 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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That DA in New Orleans, I believe his name was Jim Garrison, once said: “Fascism will come to the USA in the name of national security.” Amen brothers and sisters. Of course we remember Ben Franklin something about “those who sacrifice basic freedoms for short-term security deserve neither freedom nor security.” Or words to that effect. What is most disturbing about this is that a professor of constitutional law should sign this into law. But then again, it was the Constitution according to Harvard, the citadel of the ruling class. Obama is a disaster, to this day Habeas Corpus has not being reinstituted and we have all these political prisoners in Guantanamo and elsewhere in jail without charges. Then we torture, kidnap, assassinate at will. Well, it is after all the land of the free and the home of the brave and that is why Congress stood up and cheered the leader of our masters, the Israelis, 29 times. The seal of the USA has above the head of the eagle, a cluster of stars in the shape of the star of David.

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By gerard, May 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

Hey, if we didn’t have it, 850,000 more people woulc
be out of a job.

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By Steve E, May 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

I would imagine with all this surveillance going on that “they” will keep a close eye
on Wall St. where all the economic terrorism seems to originate. Wall St. and
American corporations have done more damage to this country than any foreign
force.

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