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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama said he would take a close look at the law, based on his past expertise in constitutional law. Back in May, President Obama said legal institutions must be updated to deal with the threat of terrorism, but in a way that preserves the rule of law and accountability.
Again, why I stopped supporting Obama. I would hope that people will see something "larger" from this, and that is not that we need another Republican in office--after all, they were the ones to start this mess, but that we need an American in office. Someone who cares about America more than he cares about lining his own pockets when he gets out of office.
Originally posted by fraterormus
I too have to confess I'm rather shocked.
Was he privy to some privileged information that only Presidents are given?
Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the administration is willing to consider stronger civil rights protections in the new law "provided that they do not undermine the effectiveness of these important (provisions)."
So, I will be supporting the PATRIOT Act compromise. But I urge my colleagues to continue working on ways to improve the civil liberties protections in the PATRIOT Act after it is reauthorized