Ready or not, here it comes.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — Four recalcitrant Senate Republicans said Thursday that they had reached agreement with the White House on the broad antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, and two leading Democrats said they would now support the bill. The moves possibly clear the way for passage of the legislation, which has been bottled up in a dispute over civil liberties.
The Republicans, led by Senator John E. Sununu of New Hampshire, joined with Democrats last year in a filibuster that blocked the revised bill. Their deal involved three changes that, they said, would place greater restraints on the government's latitude in obtaining personal information like library records and business transactions.
...Critics said the changes were cosmetic.
...The administration would still have the power to obtain information about terror suspects who use libraries to gain access to the Internet by seeking that information not directly from libraries, but from their Internet service providers...
Who might these Patriotic DINOcrats be? Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said the deal appeared to be "a step in the right direction.". I'm sure that's what Harry's casino buddies at MGM Mirage think, too. Perfectly legally, of course. The Senate DINOcratic leadership would never be associated with organized criminals like Abramoff that are controlled by the Rethuglican party. That would be scandalous and damaging to Dear Leader, too, wouldn't it?
Cheneyburton's building the work camps for the Patriotically incorrect who must be stripped of their citizenship but will be "allowed" to remain as Guests.
Are you ready for the country?