If you're not a fan of the Patriot Act, you may not appreciate the fact that it was extended for four more years by a machine.
President Obama used an autopen to renew the controversial legislation on Thursday, raising some eyebrows with the mechanical surrogate.
Obama was in France when he authorized the signing just before a midnight expiration deadline. It followed a House vote of 250-153.
First developed 200 years ago by British inventor John Isaac Hawkins, autopens are machines that trace engraved signatures and are often used to sign cards and letters sent by the White House. … Read more