President Obama signed a Patriot Act renewal in France last night, minutes before the act was set to expire. The renewal extends wiretapping and record searching in the name of hunting terrorists.
About the Patriot Act
The Patriot Act was signed into law after the 9/11 attacks, it was a response to fears of more domestic terror cells. Congress and President Bush used the newly born fear of Americans to take away privacy rights amid panic of terrorist threats. MSNBC quoted Obama as saying the Patriot Act is, "...an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat."
Obama Patriot Act Continues Privacy Invasions
According to BBC News, Obama renewed the bill from France because he's attending a G8 summit. The Patriot Act renewal happened despite ongoing concerns that the law violates civil liberties. Provisions in the act include collecting and scrutinizing business records of law-abiding, non-suspect citizens. The Patriot Act never should have become a law, even a temporary one, and now its reign has been extended for another four years.