Senate Democrats say they will launch a filibuster to prevent the extension of the Patriot Act, which expires at the end of the year. If they are successful, a wall between intelligence and law enforcement agencies will once again prevent them from sharing information about terrorist activities within the U.S.
We’ve come a long way, obviously, since 2001, and the Democrats appear to be betting on the popularity of their antiwar position. They also hope to gain political protection from the fact that four Republican Senators join in their objections to the Act, and may even vote against cloture, thereby helping to kill the extension of the Act.
I think that’s a political miscalculation; it appears that we’re going to find out who is reading the situation correctly.