Down with the Patriot Act

Some good news for people who care about privacy and the Constitution (which is, surprisingly, not most Republicans):

The House on Tuesday failed to extend the life of three surveillance tools that are key to the nation’s post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law, a slipup for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition. […]

The Republicans, who took over the House last month, lost 26 of their own members, adding to the 122 Democrats who voted against it. Supporters say the three measures are vital to preventing another terrorist attack, but critics say they infringe on civil liberties. They appealed to the antipathy that newer and more conservative Republicans hold for big government invasions of individual privacy.

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