Senate passes defense appropriations bill. Includes extension of Patriot Act.
Saturday December 19, 2009
Today the United States Senate passed their version of a $626 billion defense appropriations bill. The vote on the floor was 88-10.
The bill included extension of three of the more controversial provisions of what has come to be known as the Patriot Act. This reflects the desire of the Obama Administration which encouraged lawmakers in September to reauthorize the provisions.
The three Patriot Act provisions in question are those that allow the federal government to collect business, credit card and library records of national security targets; use roving wiretaps to keep tabs on suspects who constantly change cell phone numbers; and track so-called “lone wolves,” individuals who may be spying or doing other work on behalf of foreign governments or terrorist groups.
Of course, here at CPN, we wonder if this will be discussed at all in the national media.