] How the hell was this able to happen without public discourse
] and debate!?!?!?!
There was debate. 170 Congress persons voted no. The issue was reported and discussed on MemeStreams. Furthermore, it was discussed on CNN. Its simply an expansion of the definition of a "financial institution" to include things like pawn shops. It was in an intelligence bill because it relates to intelligence.
While this is something that I don't agree with, this is absolutely not patriot act II. The folks that are running this article are spinning this like all hell.
RE: Patriot II was signed into law under our noses...