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Tag: patriot act

May
25th

PATRIOT ACT: Don’t submit to fear

Our world may be dangerous, but we Americans are submitting to this fear. I point out the Fourth Amendment freedoms that were withdrawn with the passage of the Patriot Act as an example.

We now know, because of Edward Snowden, that the government has been collecting meta-data phone records since the passage of the act in 2003 without our authorization, and some of us are cool with that.

The whistleblower is still in Russia. He did the right thing, and our officials blame him. Fortunately, there is the prospect that this egregious part of the Patriot Act will end because

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June
14th

NSA: Everyone else in government lies, why not the NSA?

Regarding the controversy about the NSA data mining phone records, there are those in government and their apologists who tell us, no big deal, the government is only interested in calculating patterns, it won’t monitor the contents of the calls.

And 15-year-old boys read Playboy for the articles. Promise.

We’re asked to have trust in the government, but based on what? Recently, the president, his secretary of state, his attorney general, his ambassador to the United Nations and several high-ranking officers of the IRS, a division of the Department of Treasury, have all been caught lying to the American public.

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Jan.
23rd

CONSTITUTION: Concern for rights is inconsistent

Why is our respect for the Constitution only partisan deep?

Over the last 11 years, I’ve noticed that people only respect the Constitution when it fits their parties’ political motives. When the Patriot Act was passed, so many left-leaning citizens were outraged over the infringement of their constitutional rights to due process. After Barack Obama was elected, I didn’t hear a peep from the left about the National Defense Authorization Act, which is just as damaging to our rights as the Patriot Act, if not worse.

Then the folks on the right started preaching that the Affordable Care Act is

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