As the Patriot Act is Extended, Where’s the Outrage?

by James Miller   source: Penn Live    June 4, 2011

After a two-day filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the U.S. Senate voted 72 to 23 for a four-year extension to the USA Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act, which passed immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attack and dramatically increased the government’s authority to search through private records without a warrant, holds an ironic name for a country founded on the principles of limited government.

Immediately after Senate approval, the House of Representatives went to work and passed the bill by a vote of 250-153. President Obama, who was visiting Europe at the time, gave the order to sign the act by what is known as the “autopen.”

So much for gridlock and a broken Congress.

And like that, a legitimate debate on civil liberties in this country is once again undermined in the name of the perpetual war on terror. While Republicans by and large support the Patriot Act, Democrats played a large part in getting the extension through Congress. That should not be surprising; the notion that Democrats are the anti-war party has always been laughable.

After all, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and much of the Vietnam War were fought when Democrats were in the White House. Now, after nearly a decade of scathing criticism thrown at the Bush administration from the left, Democratic majority leader Sen. Harry Reid used several parliamentary maneuvers to circumvent a filibuster. Perhaps he does not remember back in 2005 when he triumphantly declared the Patriot Act “dead.”

With all the talk of debt reduction in Congress, the extension of the Patriot Act signifies neither party’s interest in winding down the largest military budget in this country’s history. Yet Obama’s supporters in the media have barely batted an eye.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that guards against unreasonable search and seizure is irrelevant when it comes to scoring political points. Actually, you might as well add the whole of the Constitution to that generalization.

The lack of outrage from the public toward the Patriot Act comes down to lack of knowledge of what it allows for. The law doesn’t magically give intelligence bureaucrats the foresight to track the dealings of terrorists. It is much more personal.

Imagine yourself on the phone paying for a VISA bill that totals more than $5,000. Because payments over the phone are technically wire transfers and the payment amounts to more than $5,000, you can bet that someone in the federal government is observing and recording the transaction.

This isn’t conspiracy theory run amuck; it is a literal provision in the Patriot Act that is enforced.

From your VISA bill, the federal government can derive what type of medication you take, what kind of firearms you purchase and what types of books you read. Even phone companies such as Verizon and AT&T are prohibited from informing you that your conversations are being monitored. These provisions might seem insignificant, but angels will not always be in charge of monitoring your private activities.

Rather than have a legitimate debate on the role of privacy in the war on terror, Congress did what it does best and waited until the midnight hour to pass the extension without substantial discussion.

The Patriot Act has become symbolic of the frightening notion that as citizens we are no longer innocent until proven guilty, but rather we are assumed guilty and must prove our innocence.

It is a mockery of the principles this country was founded on.

Benjamin Franklin famousely opined that “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety.”

Liberties are never lost all at once and complacency and apathy are the perfect mixture to dissolve them further.

It is well past time to have a meaningful debate on the role of civil liberties in this country and how much we are willing to give up in the name of “safety.”

One Response to As the Patriot Act is Extended, Where’s the Outrage?

  1. jukit says:

    Hey Norcal, is this a good enough outrage?

    News I`d love to read ~ I can dream can`t i?

    Today at Bilderberg Switzerland, “presi-dunce Obambi” , patriot act patsy passer, went for a swim in the lake at “nevermore” golf course, and a big gator named Sam bit off his ya ya and 2 more ya yas next to it.
    The last words he uttered in the ambulance before he kicked the bucket were “hey driver you just passed up the hospital”. The driver, a tall lanky scarred stud named “Checkmate”, muttered back “oh you mean you wanted to go there?”. The next day Sam was found dead floating upside down in the pond. An autopsy was performed and it was determined that the bloody ya ya had poisoned him to death!
    When news of this spread, unfortunately for Obambi, no Swiss funeral director could be found who would bury him, the most common reason given being “sorry, but if we make an error cutting him open and some gore squirts us in the face, we dont have any antidote to counteract that unique toxic waste”.
    So no one knew what to do with the body. Then jukit babalu entered the morgue and said “throw it in my pickup and i`ll dispose of it”. The morgue attendants cried “throw it in yourself ” and frantically donned gas masks and headed for the exits. So jukit grabbed the body with a meat hook and threw it in the bed of the truck smack on a pile of putrid rubbish he had been carrying to the dump.
    Then he drove off in the sunset with a weird delirious look of contentment on his mug and he could be heard singing a Sonny & Cher tune, “but yer mine” recorded in 1966 in the middle of the R & R Slave Rebellion, the greatest renaissance to ever happen in history which was sabotaged from the very start by these bilderbugs;

    “We have a great big cold society ~ that won`t make room for folks like you an me
    But I got some real bad news for them my friend ~ their on the outside lookin in
    We got a great thing goin ~ an its gonna keep rite on growin
    An I hope that soon they`l see the lite
    But until that time they`l ~ have ta blow their mind cuz
    It aint us thats gonna ~ lose the fight”

    Note that because of this song and other reasons, it is widely believed that Sonny Bono was snuffed in a fake ski “accident”. Investigator Bob Fletcher, had been probing the activities of high ranking US military–government officials he claims were raking in millions from arms–drug deals in Central America–Southeast Asia. He sent the report to congressman Sonny Bono {of Sonny an Cher} who said he was going to make it his first priority an go after the big names. Ten days later he was dead. Although an experienced skier, reportedly {take a deep breath} he had hit a tree.
    Other musos believed to have been assassinated include John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Del Shannon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman brothers, Michael Jackson, Junior Parker, Canned Heat, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce, Richie Valens, Bobby Fuller and Karen Carpenter, to name only a few.
    You may be wondering what ever happened to Sam the gator? Well he was honored in a worldwide national celebration, immortalized forever in song and dance, declared the hero of the world, and his preserved body, along with numerous replicas, now proudly stand erected worldwide where once stood those ugly obelisks!!

    Moral = If you bite you get bit

    Strive to create an anarchistic society free of Obambies, use ubuntu not microsoft on your PC, use hushmail not google for email, dont deal with banks, stop voting, practice David Icke style noncompliance, perform a bopperectomy, stop eating meat/dairy like Mike Tyson, make luv not war, and put these cirrhotic unskilled rabid scum of the ages away on some work gang in Siberia.

    See you at Bopland Bro

    Death to the NWO

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