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PATRIOT Act: Ten Years

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the PATRIOT Act. The graphic above (hat tip: emptywheel), courtesy of the ACLU, is as good a representation as any of the act’s assault on privacy.

Just five months ago, President Change-We-Can-Believe-In signed a four-year extension of the act.

The provisions were due to expire at midnight Thursday [May 26] without an extension. President Obama is attending a summit in France, but the bill was signed by autopen with his authorization moments before the deadline, the White House said.

“I think it is an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” Obama said Friday, after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Obama’s unwillingness to turn back from the Bush-Cheney national security police state all but ensures its long-term continuation.

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