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seriously we arent going to call out McConnell on this

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a bill Tuesday to extend the controversial Patriot Act and its surveillance provisions until 2020.

The extension would allow the National Security Agency to continue to collect data of millions on U.S. phone records daily. The NSA does so under the authority of Section 215, which allows for secret court orders to collect “tangible things” that could be used by the government in investigations.

The Patriot Act was enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks to combat terrorism. McConnell used a Senate rule that will take the bill’s extension straight to the floor for voting, a move that would bypass traditional committee vetting process.

Section 215 expires on June 1. The NSA’s mass collection program was revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, sparking a debate about privacy, security and the reach of government surveillance.

“Despite overwhelming consensus that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act must end, Senate Republican leaders are proposing to extend that authority without change,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said in a statement. “This tone deaf attempt to pave the way for five and a half more years of unchecked surveillance will not succeed. I will oppose any reauthorization of Section 215 that does not contain meaningful reforms.”

I, as a freedom loving American, refuse to let [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] get away  with this attempted hijacking of the democratic process in order to allow more illegal spying on all Americans.  Starting and finishing with the fact that this directly flies in the face of the fourth amendment.  Consider the fact that this has not in any way made us safer,  but seriously empowers the executive branch with extraordinary powers.

finally a quote from Benjamin Franklin ”

  • Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. wikipedia