This from the New York Times:
“The deal to extend the powers(of the Patriot Act) without changes followed negotiations between the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and Republican leaders including the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and the speaker of the House, John Boehner. “
This was over the objection of Judiciary Chair Senator Patrick Leahy and any civil rights group that has read the constitution, which the Patriot Act shreds.
If you are happy with wire taps without warrant, and targeted assassinations, among other affronts. Do Nothing.
If you are offended and recognize your rights are eroded by an act passed in the 2001 as 9-11 hysteria was at its peak.. then write your Senators and Representative. and demand that the Patriot Act be allowed to sunset, as it was written.
I list the text of the Forth Amendment below to remind you of what many veterans have fought and died to protect, and what our leaders are now signing away: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. “
And what that means is no one can search your stuff, including papers, computer and cellphone without a search warrant stating what they are looking for.
Removing that, and you are subject to a shakedown by anyone with a uniform.