May 2011

Obama Extends PATRIOT Act Another 4 Years

Well, another hopey-changey item on the Obama to-do list—or at least something we’d all hoped he’d changed, I think—is now among one of those extremely offensive bipartisan efforts the president keeps throwing at us in the name of a compromise that nobody wants.

The PATRIOT Act, that hundreds-of-pages document passed way back when, right after 9/11, makes a lot of illegal acts legal in the name of terrorism. I remember attending protests, screaming about how we don’t have a fourth amendment anymore, how our constitution is being crumbled by this act—and how the hell can the Supreme Court allow it, by the way?—and how “Hey hey, ho ho, George Bush has got to go.”