Handing Trump 'Terrifying Authoritarian Surveillance Powers,' House Democrats Include Patriot Act Reauthorization in Funding Bill
November 19, 2019 at 2:45 PM - Views: 85 #227543
Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Common Dreams
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“Wow. House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties and including a three month straight reauthorization of the Patriot Act (with zero reform) in the continuing resolution.”
Buried in a stopgap government funding resolution unveiled by House Democrats Monday is a provision that would reauthorize the notoriously abusive Patriot Act for three months, a move privacy advocates warned would ensure President Donald Trump’s administration holds on to “terrifying authoritarian surveillance powers.”
Evan Greer, deputy director of digital rights group Fight for the Future, highlighted the provision on Twitter shortly after House Democrats released the continuing resolution (pdf), which would temporarily avert a looming government shutdown by providing funding for federal agencies through December 20. A House vote on the measure is expected as early as Tuesday.
“Wow,” said Greer. “House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties and including a three month straight re-authorization of the Patriot Act (with zero reform) in the continuing resolution.”
“When the Patriot Act’s surveillance authorities were initially enacted, they came with a ‘sunset’ clause to safeguard against the exact scenario where we had an authoritarian, racist, openly fascist president,” Greer added. “And yet here we are and top Dems are still supporting reauthorization.”
Wow. House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties & including a three month straight re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act (with zero reform) in the Continuing Resolution.
Very cool way to resist Trump by ensuring he continues to have terrifying authoritarian surveillance powers. pic.twitter.com/KxiCBlPpKS
— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) November 18, 2019
The provision, which appears on the second-to-last page of the funding measure, quickly drew outrage from advocacy groups and vows of opposition from a few House lawmakers.
“Yeah that’s gonna be a no from me,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Hours later, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) echoed her colleague: “Yeah… no. Count me out.”
While the Patriot Act provision received virtually no attention in the media—reporting on the continuing resolution in NPR, Politico, Roll Call, and CNBC did not mention it—advocacy groups ramped up calls for House Democrats to reverse course.
Shame on them.
Retweet if you want Congress to repeal the Patriot Act instead of reauthorizing it. pic.twitter.com/k5noU6m2yz
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) November 18, 2019
“The continuing resolution would reauthorize a mass surveillance authority that has never been proven useful and that has consistently broken the laws and rules governing surveillance,” tweeted Demand Progress. “Democrats must not hand this president these dangerous Patriot Act authorities.”
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Bernie: "Not Me. Us"
November 19, 2019 at 2:48 PM #227548
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Is anyone surprised by this? I expect the worst from the party hacks and I’m rarely disappointed.
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November 19, 2019 at 3:37 PM #227569
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“As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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November 19, 2019 at 4:19 PM #227587
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Which just goes to show why I don’t trust them.
November 19, 2019 at 4:29 PM #227594
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How is Nancy Pelosi better than the Republicans again, Vote Blue No Matter Who people?
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November 19, 2019 at 4:30 PM #227595
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Imo, the Patriot Act is what started this whole mess. Before that, it was only a neo-con plan. Democrats should of had some backbone and used 9/11 to move towards World peace and diplomacy instead of World war and authoritarianism. Bernie had it right again.
PowerToThePeople! Bernie or Bust 2020!
November 19, 2019 at 4:53 PM #227604
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I’m sure Rachel Maddow will be all over this, not.
Be the Change
November 19, 2019 at 5:04 PM #227608
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Most of House and Senate Dems are Neocons.
You need list of those who did not vote for this.
November 19, 2019 at 5:26 PM #227612
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More proof that the “resistance” is completely for show.
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more deadly than his right had been.
November 19, 2019 at 10:34 PM #227727
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So once again, like last year, democrats who screamed for 2 years about Trump being Putin’s puppet are ready to give Putin’s puppet even more domestic spying control over the American people, just like a puppet of Putin’s would want.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
November 19, 2019 at 10:37 PM #227731
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obviously this is for President Pence, who’ll be too cowed by the impeachment to use these powers for ill again, like all subsequent Presidents, thanks to the impeachment!
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