Thread Patriot Acts fails to pass, suddenly terrorism threat level rises


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Nov 11, 2008

The terrorism threat level within the United States is the highest it's been since the September 11, 2001 attacks, claims Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano,
Napolitano informed the U.S. House of Representatives of the heightened threat on Wednesday morning. She told Congressman from both political parties that the terrorist threat facing the U.S. homeland is significantly higher.

The United States faces threats from groups inspired by al-Qaeda that are already inside the country, and attacks, including acts of sabotage and suicide bombings, could be carried out without notice, Napolitano stated.

Counterterrorism officials told the Public Safety Examiner that they are looking a groups emanating from Somalia and Yemen, especially member or associates of the terror organization Al-Shabaab, a Somali group allied with al-Qaeda.

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are monitoring groups such as the one responsible for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, and even Greek anarchists who are believed to have sent letter bombs to several embassies.

Ironically, yesterday some provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act failed to be renewed in the House of Representatives. The controversial provisions will expire at the end of the month. Some Napolitano critics say she's using the threat of terrorist attacks to get Congressmen to reconsider their votes.

Had the renewal legislation passed Congress and the Senate, President Obama was expected to sign the renewal which would have extended those provisions through December. The Patriot Act extension received 277 Yea votes, 13 shy of the necessary two-thirds majority. Votes against the proposal numbered 148. So-called Tea Party members were split with several voting for renewal and others voting against the provisions.

The bill failed to get enough votes to extend three provisions, which included court-approved roving wiretaps that allow surveillance of multiple phones, court-approved access for the FBI to “any tangible thing” that could matter to a terrorism investigation and the “lone wolf” provision that allows secret monitoring of non-U.S. citizens not known to be connected to a specific terrorist organization.

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Erect Member
Nov 22, 2004
Savannah, GA
The public should be asking why in hell it got 277 Yea votes. If there was any real justice that would be the same number of politicians losing their seat in the next election.

Black Manta

Flaccid Member
Jun 15, 2007
Maybe if they weren't monitoring things like newsletters at nursing homes they could justify what they are doing.