Loudest critic of extending the Patriot act? That very evil Sen. Rand Paul (he's evil because he doesn't believe in government as our savior - at least, that's the world according to "liberals").
I am worried about a government that is sifting through millions of records without asking ‘are you a suspect.’ Without asking are you in league with foreign terrorists. Are you plotting violent overthrow of your government?”-Rand Paul
Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is questioning President Obama's use of an autopen in signing an extension of the Patriot Act.
In a letter Friday, Graves asks Obama to confirm that he saw the law prior to its autopen signing.
"Mr. President, I write to request your confirmation that S. 990, as passed by Congress, was presented to you prior to the autopen signing, as well as a detailed, written explanation of your Constitutional authority to assign a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed into law," Graves wrote.-Rep. Graves questions Obama's autopen signing of Patriot Act extension
Why did Obama, the black messiah and agent of hope and change, have to go to the extraordinary measure (apparently unprecedented in Presidential history when it comes to actually signing a piece of legislation) of signing the bill remotely by autopen? Because, the George W. Bush era PATRIOT Act would have otherwise expired at midnight. Horrors! Mr Hope and Change sure has made a difference in the White House, hasn't he, you stupid liberals?
...the fact that a Republican was loudest in his opposition -- and a Democrat -- Majority Leader Harry Reid -- pushed for its extension was an irony not lost on Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett. She dug up some 2005 video of then-Senator Barack Obama:
OBAMA: “We don’t have to settle for a PATRIOT Act that sacrifices our liberty or our safety. We can have one that secures both.”
But most Democrats on Capital Hill only seem to revile the Patriot act when the Republicans controlled the White House. Now ten years later with a Democrat in the Oval Office they’re no longer complaining about the expansion of police power stifling civil liberties.
Generations of children learned the basics of the American legislative process from a “Schoolhouse Rock” cartoon, in which “Bill” sings, “If he signs me, then I’ll be a law.”
But now, apparently for the first time in United States history, a bill has been signed into law by autopen, at the direction of President Obama, who is in Europe on a weeklong trip. - Making Legislative History, With Nod From Obama and Stroke of an Autopen