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Patriot Act Extended

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Top lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a deal to extend the Patriot Act another four years, allowing the continued use of roving wiretaps, the compelling of businesses to release records, and surveillance of so-called lone wolf terror suspects.

“Civil liberties” groups (read: ACLU) reacted with perfunctory anger.

Surveillance and intelligence gathering on domestic threats is an absolute necessity. The terrorists in this country depend on civil liberties groups like the ACLU, an apparatus for every subversive, anti-democracy malignancy that exists, and invasion of privacy fears to steer laws away from their activities. Paranoid and self-absorbed types, who think the NSA listens in on their phone conversations with Grandma, are wasting their angst.

Although the Patriot Act deals with domestic surveillance, not foreign, the point is moot, bin Laden had connections and collaborators in the United States well before 9/11, and his soul mates are still here. Terrorists use legitimate businesses as well as social and religious organizations to launder money they use to facilitate operations and attacks. They use pay phones, disposable phones, Blackberries, and third parties to pass information. That’s why roving wiretaps work.

Muslim terrorists are let in by the State Department, crossing the southern border, and making friends with Dem lawmakers and in the military, and operating carte blanche across the country. The NSA has its hands full.

If anything, wiretaps should be used to monitor some of Obama’s friends and associates; CAIR, William Ayers, the Arab American Action Network (a terrorist front), the Muslim Brotherhood (another terrorist front), and Hatem El-Hady, former chairman of the Islamic “charity” Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising, just to name a few. And considering everything Obama’s done for national security, eavesdropping on him might not be such a bad idea.

The NSA’s goal is to scan for terrorists. On the flip side, the TSA targets soldiers, children, wheel-chair bound cancer patients, and thermoses. The real threats to civil liberties are things like ObamaCare, his collusion with Google, his net neutrality ploy, Mark Lloyd, the Communications Diversity czar in the FCC, who believes freedom of speech is an “exaggeration,” government Obamabots who snoop into the records of citizens who dare to question his spread the wealth socialism, and Dem legislators and their union pals who assault opponents verbally and physically.  Whatever your concerns about the Patriot Act, they pale in comparison to the damage Obama’s doing to national security and civil liberties.

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  • Cannonshop

    #5 Thank you, Glenn. You’re a cold-war vet, I grew up with it, we KNOW why we resisted the Soviets. I sometimes wonder why it is that so many people on both sides of the aisle are so eager to adopt the tactics of the enemy, the enemy’s ways. It wasn’t just “Communism the economic system”, it’s the methods that it uses to enforce itself. And it’s like the frog in the pot- each intrusion is sold as ‘reasonable’ until finally you have no freedoms left, and nobody remembers how it could have ever been different.

    Which is what I think Voltaire (or was it Toqueville?) said that “Freedoms lost in a day will not be missed for a century, and may never be regained.”

    I truly don’t think Mac means ill-but I also question if the retired Sgt. bothered to think about WHAT she was defending while she was in uniform. ‘Tis too easy to get wrapped up in the ‘security’ mindset.

    If you destroy what you’re defending, even if you destroy the enemy at the same time, have you won, or have you lost?

    PATRIOT passed the first time because people were AFRAID. Fear destroys reasoning capability, and we’re just lucky that the very-first version to pass the congress was refused at the executive level, or it would be far, far worse. The first version was an even broader writ of Imperium and lacked a sunset clause. It is unfortunate (not unpredictable, alas) that our elected representatives, seeing possible broader powers in the future, renewed it, again, and again, rather than adopting the courage to trust American Citizens and refuse the lure of easy powers.

    Reagan said it, many self-identified Conservatives have apparently ignored it- The problem IS Government. 9/11 happened in large part because GOVERNMENT experts told the airlines to train their people not to resist hijackings. The lessons learned in large part, were the wrong lessons, the response the wrong response domestically, and internationally. (Though, ending the ten year seige of Iraq after Gulf 1, was probably, on balance, the right thing to do, the reasons were less honestly given. At least now the Navy isn’t intercepting cargo ships and tossing refrigerators into the gulf to enforce sanctions that only hurt the local people whilst creating new and exciting opportunities for corruption on an international level-at American Taxpayer expense.) Likewise, it strikes me that the Afghanistan mission is, at least, taking a page from Charlie Wilson’s notebook and NOT leaving a vacuum for the madmen to come in on the aftermath-this time. If they’d listened to Wilson in the first place, maybe we’d not have felt the need to go in at all.

    (I can dream, right?)

    We are still facing absolutist tyranny, though-the radical islamists are every inch as horrid as the Soviets, with one single revealing difference:

    They do not fear death the way the officially-atheist Soviets did, Mutually Assured Destruction won’t work with men who believe that their death, and the deaths of innocents in Jihad, leads all who die thus to paradise and heavenly reward…and they REALLY believe it.

    Defeating such an enemy is a long-grind war, one that can not be won in single, brief strokes, one that can not be won by sacrificing, even temporarily, what it is to be Americans, what we stand for-because it is ABOUT what we stand for, it is ABOUT our Liberties, and if their tactics and methods can make us afraid to the point that we toss those liberties aside, then it merely makes it easier for them to overcome us in the end.

    For freedom to be victorious, the victors must be the free.

  • The Patriot Act issue is with the Bush Administration subversion the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. First, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” The Patriot Act violates that right, whether or not a person knows it. Second, “no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Patriot Act authorizes such warrants.

    Your article states no concern at all about the right of the people or civil liberties other than for a coy vilification of the American Civil Liberties Union, about which you appear to be ignorant. You are too busy trying to make some tenuous connection to the president for whom you express contempt and derision. The Constitution takes care of the right of the people, including yours, whether or not you know it. It is our Bill of Rights that is being threatened here at home by our Congress. That demands our concern.

    The reason for concern is as the American Civil Liberties Union motto states, “Because Freedom Can’t Protect Itself.”


  • Glenn Contrarian

    Cannonshop –

    Well said.

  • This post gets full tin-foil conspiracy points…

  • Cannonshop

    National INsecurity gets a boost. Warrantless searches, warrantless detention, carte-blanche surveillance powers, suspension of Habeas Corpus, essentially suspending everything that separated the United States and Western civilization from the Soviets and their totalitarian kind.

    Becoming, in essence, the enemy we spent forty years and more resisting.

  • …or sewer.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave? I think this one’s right up your alley….