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End the un-American Patriot Act

March 5, 2011

 

Former CIA officer Phillip Giraldi characterized the Patriot Act as legislation similar to that of the Nazis.  Both used terrorism and fear of the enemy to strip citizens of their civil liberties, furthermore, Giraldi believes Americans are no safer because of it.

Shortly after 9-11 the House Judiciary Committee had agreed on a bi-partisan bill to help strengthen anti-terrorism efforts, instead, the “Ashcroft version” was substituted.  It was printed at 3:45 in the morning and rammed through later that day, disallowing House members to analyze the 345 page document before voting.

The Patriot Act empowers the President to label an individual as an “enemy combatant,” thereby rendering him ineligible of Constitutional protections.  Thousands of foreigners have been arrested, abused and imprisoned without charges because of this sweeping law.  American citizen Jose’ Padilla was held for three years without charges and psychologically tortured.  Sixteen year old Ashton Lundaby was also incarcerated for months without charges, at times incommunicado.  It removes our cherished right of due process, enthrones the presumption of guilt, and eviscerates habeas corpus.

Blatantly unconstitutional, the Orwellian Patriot Act allows the FBI to search your home and even remove property without a proper warrant.  Feds can rifle through medical, library, banking and other personal records without probable cause and initiate gag orders on information requests.  They can spy on your computer activity, wiretap telephone calls, and surveil Americans based on our 1st Amendment activities.  Many parts of the Act have nothing to do with terrorism, but instead, turn everyone into suspects.  These powers are unconstitutional and therefore illegal.  It’s a throwback to the old Soviet Empire and we need to demand lawmakers like Congressman Forbes to entirely repeal the Patriot Acts.  Ben Franklin said, “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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John K Rooney

Tri-Cities Liberty Alliance/Cut DC

Printed in the Progress Index – 2/2011

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