We reject torture. We reject sweeping claims of “inherent” presidential power. We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.--The 2008 Democratic National Platform, Page 54, Renewing America's Promise, As approved by the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Monday, August 25, 2008 Denver, Colorado
Doesn't quite match up with this:
WASHINGTON - Key provisions of the nation's primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House Thursday evening after Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.The House voted 315 to 97 to extend the USA Patriot Act, sending the bill to President Barack Obama. (emphasis added)There are 257 democrats and 178 republicans in the house.
Since Barack Obama and the 111th Congress took office,
- The FBI expanded an operation spying on people in their churches, workplaces and political meetings.
- The FBI also released a new memo declaring diminishing Americans’ First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly to be “acceptable.”
- Revelations surfaced that the FBI had lied, broken the law and violated the Constitution in order to nab information about reporters’ communications, all in the effort to find the source of a politically embarrassing leak.
- In the meantime, the Administration won the right to read through your e-mail without your permission or without even notifying you. Under the Obama Administration, the NSA continues to collect and analyze information on Americans’ communications without a warrant, even though such activity is illegal.
- The Attorney General testified in his 2009 confirmation hearing that his only regret regarding warrantless surveillance legislation was that it wasn’t passed sooner.
- As the Administration made moves to open a “National Applications Office” to initiate satellite-based surveillance of Americans, only two Democrats in the entire U.S. Congress did anything to counter it.
- In 2009, the collection of warrantless “suspicious activity reports” on Americans’ financial transactions reached an all-time high.
- And the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to make it impossible to change any aspect of the Patriot Act without a 60-vote supermajority.