by Scott Creighton
“On one end, a small minority wants to extend the illegal program as is. At the other end, we have members who would prefer losing the authorities entirely. The USA Freedom Act is the compromise.” New York Times
Last Friday night the senate staged a little live impromptu midnight theatrical performance for us. A large group of them stood in the middle of the senate floor watching the voting take place on the passage of the USA Freedom Act. They were watching very closely, making sure that the measure, as bad as it already was, didn’t pass. And those were the backers of the bill.
Why would they do that?
What they wanted was the midnight session to end with a failed bill so that certain parties could rework the legislation over the next 7 days before another emergency session of the senate would take place on May 31 during which time they would present the new version of the “Freedom” Act just before the “Patriot” Act expires.
They needed a “crisis”
Senior lawmakers are scrambling this week in rare recess negotiations to agree on a face-saving change to legislation that would rein in the National Security Agency’s dragnet of phone records, with time running out on some of the government’s domestic surveillance authority. New York Times
What’s going to happen is this: the new version of the “Freedom” Act will finally be placed in the hands of the senators probably on Sunday morning, the last day before the deadline. Of course, the new version will not be available to the public for review before that time because they will still be “compromising” behind closed doors.
On that same day, the bill will have to be voted on in the senate and then rushed back to the House of Representatives for yet another “crisis” emergency session during which they will have a little mock “debate” on the new version and pass it without too much fuss in the interests of “national security” of course.
You can expect plenty of “ISIS” threats between now and then.
Then it’s off to the president, on the same day, to be signed into law before the evil doers take over the world.
Had they passed it this past Friday, the media and the “interwebs” (the real media) would have had time to review it thoroughly prior to it going into effect this coming Monday.
This way, the bill is not only allowed to remain largely sheltered from public scrutiny prior to the day it goes into effect, but they are allowed a full week to add things to it that make it even worse right up to the day the senate will vote for it.
The bill will be zipped through both houses of congress and sent off to the White House for his signature in probably eight hours or less.
But of course, they can’t help it… because… it’s a “crisis”
This bill is so bad as it already is, it’s hard to imagine they could make it worse. But they will. And the New York Times gives us a slight glimpse into just how much worse it’s going to get. Of course the Times doesn’t think these are necessarily bad ideas. You be the judge.
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