Way back before we lost our naivety, we thought that perhaps the former Constitutional law professor would actually do some things that are Constitutional. Things like restore the right of due process, shut down our overseas concentration camp system, and get rid of the clearly unconstitutional Enabling Act PATRIOT Act, passed by a Congress of cowards and signed by a megalomaniac monkey.

That was, of course, before we found out that the Constitutional law professor was actually Bushack Obama, a guy who just loves all of the Constitution-stripping his monkey predecessor did for him. If anything, the curbs have become increasingly more onerous, with our borders now controlled Soviet-style, and Americans subject to surveillance at the whim of the Federal authorities.

One of the few in Congress who has voiced his objections to the PATRIOT Act has been Patrick Leahy of Vermont, best remembered for being told to “go fuck yourself” by the eloquent MENSA member “Deferment Dick” Cheney. But his opposition has been steadfast for a long time now, and he’s been joined by a guy I basically detest, but couldn’t agree more with on this particular issue.

Frankly, I doubt it’ll come to much, since the Congress remains loaded down with cowards, thieves, and megalomaniacs. But it’s good to know that one or two of them do care.

 

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are teaming up to introduce an amendment to the PATRIOT Act that would phase out some of the most controversial components of the national security law.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reached a deal on extending the PATRIOT Act last week, and a procedural vote took place on the floor of the Senate Monday evening.

The motion to debate the PATRIOT Act passed the upper chamber just after 5 p.m. by a vote of 74-8. There will be more debate tomorrow, with a final passage set for Wednesday.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said on the floor of the Senate that he would vote against the bill “in the name of freedom and privacy.”

The Leahy-Paul amendment introduced by the Kentucky Republican and the Vermont Democrat would have National Security Letters expire on Dec. 31, 2013. It also requires the Justice Department inspector general to audit the issuance of NSL letters and expands public reporting on the use of such letters under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“We were so frightened after 9/11 that we readily gave up these freedoms,” Paul said. “Not only would I let these expire, but I think we should sunset the entire PATRIOT Act.”

“You can be opposed to terrorists … but we can do it with a process that protects the innocent,” Paul said.

After the vote, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said that there was a “whole court system set up to protect rights and the grant a warrant.” She said the three expiring provisions were essential to protecting the United States.

Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the CATO Institute who has closely followed the PATRIOT Act debate, called the Leahy-Paul amendment a “good start,” but said he would prefer some of the standards for NSLs return to the pre-PATRIOT Act standards.

Since Sen. Russ Feingold left the Senate, Paul “has really been one of the most vocal opponents of the wild expansion of the national security and surveillance state” in the Senate, Sanchez told TPM.

 

DINO Feinstein, the supposed “librul” from California, just loves the KGB-like provisions, and Paul, a rabid right-winger, wants them gone. Tell me the world ain’t turned upside down.

There is one thing above all others that everyone should remember, but no one talks about. That one thing is that every one of the hijackers who pulled off the September 11 attacks were in violation of EXISTING laws and should have been deported. What is more, there is no reason at all to believe that the Orwellian-named PATRIOT Act would have done a damn thing to ferret them out. Hell, we KNEW where all of them were PRIOR to the attacks, and we did nothing.

The PATRIOT Act, like the border controls, are NOT aimed at keeping foreigners from attacking us. They are aimed AT us. And believe me, that was always the intent. Most of our Washington establishment would like us to be as afraid to speak out as they can make us, and they are hard at work trying to turn the borders of this country into a big prison fence. It seems to me that people better stop worrying about foreign TURRISTS, and start worrying about a tyrannical Government. Because, you know, your chances of getting blown up aren’t all that high, but the chances a totalitarian state will put a foot on your neck for some offhand remark are quite high.

Americans who think will get behind this effort.

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