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Other than President Obama’s apparent determination to be seen as George W. Bush’s third term, why is the extension of the Patriot Act in the new jobs bill?

 SEC. 645. EXTENSION OF INTELLIGENCE AUTHORITY SUNSETS.

(a) USA PATRIOT IMPROVEMENT ANDREAUTHORIZATION ACT OF

 2005.—Section 102(b)(1) of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–177; 50 U.S.C. 1805 note, 50 U.S.C. 211861 note, and 50 U.S.C. 1862 note) is amended by striking ‘‘February 28, 2010’’ and inserting ‘‘December 31, 2010’’.

(b) INTELLIGENCE REFORM AND TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT OF

2004.—Section 6001(b)(1) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108–458; 118 Stat. 3742; 50 U.S.C. 1801 2note) is amended by striking ‘‘February 28, 2010’’ and inserting ‘‘December 31, 2010’’.

 Gotta love that openness and transparency.

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