Senate Extends Controversial Patriot Act Spying Provisions By 90 Days; But Will They Debate Them During That Time?

from the questions-to-ponder dept

In response to the House's approval to extend three controversial Patriot Act spying provisions until December of this year, the Senate has (by a huge majority) voted to extend the provisions by 90 days. While any extension isn't great, a 90-day extension is better than the alternatives that were being debated. Of course, the real question is whether or not the Senate would hold any real debate or discussion about these provisions in this 90-day period. It seems unlikely, but maybe I'll be proven wrong.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: patriot act, senate


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. icon
    Jay (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:03pm

    Talking to my Senator...

    Is a huge waste of time.

    Thinking about my Congressman and telling him my opinion but really, would it ever reach him?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:05pm

    Re: Talking to my Senator...

    if you write a letter(you know those funny things with the stamps) then yes.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Mudlock, 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:17pm

    Almost ten years in, and I doubt any of the Senators have even read the whole thing, let alone considered debating it.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. icon
    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:23pm

    Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    Actually, they even take emails seriously these days.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    yeah but any nut can pop off an e-mail, takes time to write a letter and send it

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. icon
    Jay (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:45pm

    Re:

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:52pm

    Why the change to 90 days?

    Was December too uncomfortably close to the 2012 elections? DO they want to get the big three year (or permanent) renewal done well before 2012?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8. icon
    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    True, and of the two options snail mail is probably the better one. But they don't dismiss emails the way they used to.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9. icon
    Jay (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    How so? With the tons of emails they get, and the fact is bad news spreads far quicker than the good stuff, it's debatable it'll make a difference in the long run...

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10. icon
    J.J. (profile), 15 Feb 2011 @ 7:46pm

    Sticking their finger in the wind to see the reactions before going ahead with it.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11. identicon
    monkyyy, 15 Feb 2011 @ 8:06pm

    Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    u sure? im think the last time i sent a letter it was completely ignored

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12. icon
    Josef Anvil (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 12:54am

    Seriously?

    This one is simple. No matter how ridiculous those provisions are, any attempt at changing The "Patriot" Act will result in the opposition being cast in the role of anti-Patriotic and unwilling to keep Americans "safe".

    C'mon, it was named The Patriot Act for a reason.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13. icon
    Thomas (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 5:13am

    debate them?

    hahahahaha. As #12 points out, any one opposing the act will be considered anti-patriotic. Not to mention pro-terrorist. I wonder how much of the spying they do is actually related to terrorism and how much is related to critics of the government?

    Oh god...a black SUV with tinted windows is parked in front of my house.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14. icon
    antimatter3009 (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 5:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    Right. Snail mail is probably still better, but I've gotten relatively thoughtful (read: not canned) responses to my emails before, at least from my House Rep. Senators are probably getting more mail, so you may be more likely to be lost in the shuffle.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15. icon
    Shon Gale (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 7:20am

    Wow the US Senate did something. I'm amazed!!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16. icon
    weneedhelp (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 7:55am

    Dont worry

    anyone who opposes it will just get anthrax sent to them in the mail.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17. icon
    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 16 Feb 2011 @ 10:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Talking to my Senator...

    That's a good point. More people know who their Senators are than their Reps. So especially with them you should lean towards smail (I just coined that.)

    However, as long as you indicate that you live in their district/state, most congress-critters will take an email seriously. Hell, most of them are on facebook these days.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Feb 2011 @ 4:38pm

    Oh, thank goodness the Tea Party revolution saved us!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.