Alerting to all that there is likely to be voting to pass bills in the next two weeks before Memorial Day. Note on how our Congress moves– it is without doubt, that our Congress in working so well to do good for Americans, always try to jam pass legislation just before a holiday such as Memorial Day. At every point (holiday or recess) of the year Congress does this – 4th of July, August recess, Thanksgiving, X-mas, St. Pat’s recess, Easter, etc. that bottlenecks the legislation into unreadable hurried passing of bad bills with bad details in their many pages.
Two actions to be aware of in next two weeks and I strongly urge calling to Congressmen: Patriot Act, Free Trade Agreements (S. Korea, Colombia, Panama) — NO on both.
Also to be noted is possible movement on the debt-ceiling (watch for bad backroom deal cutting going on) or 2012 budget “negotiations”. ANY visit by Republicans to the White House should be closely hawked.
1) Patriot Act
Tell Congress NO on renewing/extending the Patriot Act provisions!
Here is link to learn info and send pre-made letter (can add your own words too) (sign in will not mean you joined jbs) : http://www.votervoice.net/core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=24744&APP=GAC&SiteID=-1&VV_CULTURE=en-us
Please call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Call Homeland Security Committee members in both House and Senate. Find info at: www.congress.org (go to bottom and click on Congress)
These provisions and others of the Patriot Act violate the 4th Amendment civil liberties of Americans in the Bill of Rights and then also bleeds into harming the 1st Amendment by indirectly suppressing free speech. These 4th Amendment violations by the Patriot Act have been stated to be SUNSET and retracted by government for its overreach of ’unreasonable search and seizure’ involving warrantless wiretaps. The 2006 Patriot Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act that made several violations of the 4th Amendment permanent should be repealed also!! The original 1978 FISA law (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) allowed a 72 hour window to warrantless surveillance a target before having to get a warrant.
Tell Congress that it is NOT OK that just because the government has gotten away with the assumed tactic practice of violating the 4th Amendment and it is has been done that it is then an excuse to blow off the 4th Amendment and keep doing it anyway! This is a prime example of government overreach, that once a power is taken or done — it does not get retracted.
It was Ben Franklin that stated, ”those who wish to give up liberty in the name of security, deserve and will get neither liberty nor security.”
In full assertion that in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death, with this milestone objective complete it is time to now reassess our Mid-East foreign policy and ‘war on terror’, especially in light of the $$$ costs to the budget, as well as a long dragged out war that should not include Nation building. Look at the recent media hype about Al-queda threats everywhere (meanwhile there are many other foreign threats as well)! Excuse me but there are always risks and the U.S. had risks and threats long before the ’war on terror’, before we had 24/7 media. On the bigger picture, it is beyond scope of Americans and the U.S. well-being to be doing the bidding of UN Elites and/or other Globalist minded Elites (CFR) who have a desire of “settling” or shaping the Middle East by way of OUR U.S. might and American families for objectives unforeseen or benign claims. Example: First Libya, then its talk about (“kinetic”) U.S. military action into Syria…then to continue to turn around and use this action to then perform crackdown and crack loose American liberty and principles into socialist control. This was exactly the idea made in regard to beware of Libya retaliating — more police state security for America, more TSA airport overkill.
Recall now what was first stated: Bin Laden wanted the U.S. to be financially destroyed and have its freedoms destroyed (by way of us imposing it on ourselves if so be)—has Bin Laden actually won?? If we continue with the likes of the Patriot Act as well as run deficits into bankruptcy then Bin Laden has won. NO — It’s Over!! It is no longer viable to run a policy of fear. CUT it back NOW! We have done what we have done in the Mid-East, set back the terrorist camps and if they come back we will do it again. We should not search the globe for enemies or seek some kind of global Empire with control over the Middle East or listen to the fear mongers who have false agendas involving money (profiteering off the wars)– say a perpetual war (as well as some– like George Soros– preferring some kind of detriment against American Principles such as the U.S. Constitution). Begin NOW to decelerate the ‘war on terror’ and a Mid-East policy that continues meddling in those Nations’ affairs! Take the first step and say NO to Patriot Act extensions.
The Patriot Act supporters claim it is JUST about surveillance of foreign communication, or that also we simply need to keep up with today’s technology. At the same time they and the government know full well, the potential capabilities of the government without checks in this area of doing unknowing eavesdropping that violates Americans privacy and freedom of speech for all kinds of motivations. In that regard the potential for abuse is enormous, given the size of our government and the potential for rogue activity and it has occurred. It is also not an acceptable excuse to do or continue the Patriot Act in order to maintain a propaganda front in order to make potential terrorists think we still have the Patriot Act wiretaps going, because the Patriot Act still then is violating Americans meanwhile the CIA and Homeland Security are staffed, equipped enough now to carry out intelligence with proper checks per the original FISA Act.
The Patriot Act surveillance provisions are a direct mark against Americans 4th Amendment and indirectly the 1st Amendment. This Patriot Act extension up for vote is for three provisions (but other manipulations could be done too): All of the proposed measures would extend the most wretched parts of the Patriot Act; the “lone wolf” provision that permits indiscriminate government surveillance of individuals for no reason; the “library records” provision; and the “John Doe roving wiretap” provision that ignores the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of probable cause and proper court order.
Already made permanent in the original Patriot Act or in the 2006 “ improvement” legislation are expanded wiretapping for computers and all wireless communications, the notorious National Security Letters, a stealthy “sneak-and-peek” provision, and the dreaded “business records” search that allows the government to wiretap businesses for “any tangible thing” and an accompanying gag order on the businesses, lest they go public with the government’s unconstitutional actions.
Tell Congress NO on the Patriot Act extension! The following is a video against the Patriot Act. I don’t agree with all of Ron Paul’s stances but many I do and on this issue as well.
I will put forth free trade arguments on next post shortly.