Obama Worried a Terrorist Attack Could Happen if Senate Delays Renewal of Patriot Act

The controversial PATRIOT Act surveillance bill advanced in the Senate Sunday evening, but not enough to prevent it from expiring at midnight.

Via The Washington Examiner:

The Senate voted 77-17 to bring the USA Freedom Act to the floor for debate. The bill would extend surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act with significant reforms aimed at ensuring privacy rights, including a ban on the practice of bulk domestic data collection by the National Security Agency.

Under the bill, only phone companies will collect that data, and they will only hold it for 18 months.

But thanks in large part to objections from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a staunch opponent of the spying law, Senate passage is at least days away. That means several sections of the USA Patriot Act will expire June 1, including the provision the National Security Agency interpreted to allow the unwarranted collection of phone and electronic data of Americans for the purposes of preventing terrorist attacks.

There are other sticking points, besides Paul’s, but I don’t really want to get into any of that, right now. There are decent people of good faith on both sides of this issue, and I hope that Congress is able to reach a compromise that is amenable to all. I tend to agree with Paul that the government does not need to be spying on every single one of us – even if it only “metadata” –  to keep us safe.

I want to talk about the person who is arguing in bad faith – as he always does because that is the only way he seems to know how to communicate.

Yes, I’m talking about our beloved Commander in Chief.

President Barack Obama sounded the alarm about what could happen if there is a delay in renewing the USA Patriot Act.

“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we are dark, and heaven forbid, we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate,” Obama told reporters Friday after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House.

Can you believe the cajones on this president pretending he’s actually concerned with  keeping Americans safe after six + years of making it abundantly clear that that is the least of his concerns.

What a joke.

This is the guy who pulled all of our troops out of Iraq, even as a terror grew in Syria, waiting to fill the void.

Pop quiz: What happens to American security when huge swaths of territory are taken by apocalyptic jihadis who have vowed to destroy us? That’s a question that should be keeping him awake at night – but, don’t worry, it isn’t –  any more than the terror attack on Benghazi kept him awake on 9/11/2012.

“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, our troops go away and suddenly terrorists take over and heaven forbid, we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because…. I wanted to fulfill a campaign promise to my base and get reelected in 2012.”

And how about that Taliban 5 swap for Army deserter Beau Bergdahl, huh?

The five former Gitmo detainees were set to be released to rejoin the battlefield on June 1 – but the media spotlight has the Regime scrambling now to have their stay at Club Qatar extended for awhile longer. But whether it’s for a few days, or a few months – these bad hombres are getting out.

John Bolton told Jeanine Pirro, Saturday night, “…it’s a near certainty by most estimates (that the Taliban 5 will return to the battlefield) and I think that this was really a matter of indifference to the Obama administration. I do think their intention is to close down the detention facility, and the prisoner exchange…was just an easy way to to get five particularly troublesome prisoners out of the way.”

“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, those Taliban jihadists are set free and heaven forbid, we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because…. I wanted to close Club Gitmo come hell or high water.”

Obama’s got a plan to reform police departments all across the nation – to make them safer and more accommodating to — criminals. 

Here’s J. Christian Adams discussing the president’s “Better Policing in the 21st Century” on the Kelly File:

These agreements make cops spend time doing reports, cops have to go to sensitivity training taught by people contracted by the DOJ. . . .  Places where the DOJ has done this like Los Angeles has resulted in more crime, more lawlessness more mayhem.  But that doesn’t matter to the ideological bureaucrats who are pushing these actions.  They care about an anti-police agenda more than they care about safe streets.  This is part of a broader effort to make cops beholden to Washington D.C. instead of good policing on the streets.

Thanks to his efforts, the nation is experiencing a crime wave like we haven’t seen for decades.

“I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, criminals feel empowered and heaven forbid, we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented some heinous crimes and apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because…. I wanted to make cops beholden to Washington DC.”

In his weekly address, Obama asked Americans to speak with one voice to the Senate to “put politics aside, put the safety of the American people first, and pass the USA Freedom Act now.”

Like I said – the cajones.

9 thoughts on “Obama Worried a Terrorist Attack Could Happen if Senate Delays Renewal of Patriot Act

  1. Yet more hypocrisy from Boy Wonder? Can’t be. . . .

    From Breitbart:

    In 2005 Then-Senator Obama Voted NO On Patriot Act’s Wiretap Provision

    In view of Thursday’s revelation that the Obama Administration obtained a subpoena for the wholesale acquisition of every single phone call made by every American on the Verizon network, it’s enlightening to see the staunch civil libertarian stance Obama took as a Senator in 2005 when George W. Bush occupied the Oval Office.

    It was a senate cloture vote on HR 3199, an extension of the Patriot Act which was first passed immediately after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

    Vote to invoke cloture on a conference report that extends the authority of the FBI to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access business records. Voting YES would recommend, in effect, that the PATRIOT Act be extended through December 31, 2009, and would makes the provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent. Voting NO would extend debate further, which would have the effect of NOT extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision.
    

    In 2005, Obama voted “No” to extending the wiretap provisions of the Patriot Act. This was months after a series of articles in the New York Times which brought the warrantless wiretaps to light. At the time, the Bush Administration had used the provisions for data mining of calls made to countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.

    In 2011, President Obama signed a bill that reauthorized key elements of the Patriot Act.

    http://www.breitbart.com/blog/2013/06/06/in-2005-then-senator-obama-voted-no-on-patriot-act-s-wiretap-provision/

    While there are some issues that I agree with Rand Paul on, I prefer to keep him at arms length because of the “genetic” factor. After the numerous “Perjuries” that members of this administration done in testimony, with no prosecution. Rand is more right than wrong on this issue. In fact, I think only the tip of the iceberg has been revealed so far and most of that information has come from the Snowden releases.

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