Mitch McConnell might as well just shred the Bill of Rights.
The GOP Senate Majority Leader is pushing to reauthorize the Patriot Act without any changes or alterations.
It’s absolute madness. He says he is a defender of the Constitution however he has introduced legislation that absolutely guts the Fourth Amendment.
The Patriot Act is the law that allows law enforcement to spy on you and tap your phones without a warrant. This is the law that allows the police to hold you in prison indefinitely as long as they claim you’re connected with terrorism. This is the law that gave the NSA the power to record everything that Americans do on the internet.
The law expires in only a couple of weeks. Yet, instead of allowing this horrible law to die, Mitch McConnell is pushing to have it reauthorized!
I received an email yesterday questioning my “loyalty” to the Republican party and it's leadership. It went on to say that we can’t go after the leadership and also win against the Democrats.
I couldn’t disagree more.
In order to defeat the Democrats, we first have to defeat the Republicans.
I am not going to blindly support someone just because they have an “R” next to their name. They need to earn my support. And introducing legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act is NOT the way Mitch McConnell gains my support.
A lot of you will probably ask what the big fuss is. You might even say there’s nothing to worry about if I have nothing to hide.
These aren’t the British Colonies anymore. Our forefathers fought a war of independence so that Americans wouldn’t have to worry about this sort of government intrusion.
For goodness sake, they fleshed it out in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution!
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”
This is supposed to protect us against warrantless wiretaps, NSA surveillance, and other illegal searches. But under the Patriot Act, it’s all fair game as long as some bureaucrat or agent claims you’re a terrorist.
There’s a reason that both the right and the left are united in opposition against this horrible law. It doesn’t happen often, but this is one of those instances.
The most horrendous parts of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1st of this year. These are three of those provisions.
Section 215: This part of the law is what grants the NSA the power to spy on Americans and collect cell phone and internet records. If this provision expires, the NSA loses the authority to spy on innocent Americans. This is the best chance we have of reining in the NSA!
Lone Wolf Provision: This is what allows law enforcement to bend the rules and violate the Constitution. Claiming that an individual is a “lone wolf terrorist” gives law enforcement unprecedented powers to surveil and apprehend individuals.
Roving Wiretap Provision: This part of the law is what is known as Section 206. Imagine if the FBI had the authority to, with a single search warrant, raid every house or business you have been to or associated with in the past year. Well, stop imagining because this is exactly what Section 206 does. It’s completely unconstitutional.
Anyone who supports renewing the Patriot Act is against the Constitution. Period. And they need to be reminded that their actions speak louder than words.
For months, we have heard politicians on both side of the aisle give their stump speeches claiming that the NSA and other intelligence agencies need to be reined in. This is our chance.