Today there is going to be a vote in Congress to renew the Patriot Act for another year. Last year this was snuck quickly through Congress without much debate or votes against it. No one in the media hardly even mentioned it accept for the few freedom oriented websites out there. This year they are trying to do it again. Please contact your representative and tell them to vote against it!
Bill in question: The Patriot Act
The good intentions: To keep us “safe.” This bills allows the government to use enhanced security measures (ie. spying) to find terrorists or possible terrorist plots.
The reality: Less freedom and more government intrusion. This bill essentially waters down the 4th ammendement and strips away our freedom of privacy. A vote for the Patriot Act is a vote for the police state and roving wiretaps, secret sneak and peek searches conducted without the knowledge of the subject, search and seizure of library records, and so-called “national security letters” signed by anonymous bureaucrats replacing warrants signed by a judge.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who trade their freedom for security deserve neither.” We have been trading away our freedom for alleged security ever since 9/11 and we are not any more safe. If you want to take a look at what will make us more safe, one should look at our interventionist foreign policy. We are all over the world stirring up resentment against us by waging two aggressive wars against terrorism and supporting dictators (ie. Egypt).