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Friday, February 12, 2010

Seriously: You Don't Want to Let the Democrats Reauthorize the Patriot Act

If you haven't signed the petition at Campaign for Liberty, you absolutely need to. It'll take less than five minutes:

Dear Patriot,

Harry Reid knows he has a fight on his hands with you and me over reauthorizing the Patriot Act.

Now insiders tell me Harry Reid plans to sneak the Patriot Act re-authorization through the Senate as soon as they come back into session as part of a massive $85 billion special interest giveaway as a “Jobs Bill.”

This bill is loaded with pork barrel spending and pay-offs to favored senators, union bosses and big government advocacy groups, and is itself another nail in the coffin of America's economic stability.

That's why your voice added to the petition below and your opposition to this outrage are critical.

Taking away our freedoms and invading our privacy will certainly not stimulate the economy, and it is by no means “Patriotic.” In fact, there is nothing more un-American.

Furthermore, the badly misnamed Patriot Act is not the Act of Patriots. It is the act of petty tyrants seeking more and more power and control over our country.

Now, ever so quietly, the Obama administration is working with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to push reauthorization of the Patriot Act through without creating a stir among liberty-minded Americans.

Well, I'm for making a stir. A BIG STIR.

How about you?

We’ve all heard the defenses. How the Patriot Act was needed to combat “terrorism.” How it would protect civil liberties while increasing security.

How it would not be abused.

These lies have all been clearly exposed. For eight years, the American people have ignored the wisdom of our founding fathers and traded freedom for security – and as predicted, we are losing both as a result.

And now, Congress and the White House are set to reauthorize the so-called Patriot Act.

They have until the end of this month to act. Even talk about a window-dressing “reform” bill has stopped. The Mainstream Media, fixated on Obama and tea party rallies, doesn’t say a word about it.

Frankly, you and I know the Patriot Act should be scrapped, or at least massively re-written to block federal snoops from casting fishing nets over the lives, histories and data of hard-working Americans.

Unless you and I act today, however, this won’t happen . . .

. . . and the Patriot Act will be reauthorized for another five years or more without hardly a peep or a dissent.

The weak link for the snoop-state insiders remains the U.S. Senate -- where one Big Government boondoggle after another has been bottled up or defeated.

But my contacts in the Senate say there's not hardly a peep of opposition to the Patriot Act being heard right now. They say they are willing to fight -- some even admit privately it was a mistake supporting it the first time when President Bush demanded it in the midst of the outrage following the 9/11 attacks.

But no one will take this on unless there is a shout of opposition from the American people.

That’s why I urge you to let your senators hear from you today. Please click here to sign our Liberty Petition, demanding your senators allow the Patriot Act to expire.

If we do not stop this reauthorization, we’ll see a whole lot more of what we’ve gotten over the last eight years:

*** Federal law enforcement on fishing expeditions, searching telephone, email, medical, financial, and other records looking for a needle in a haystack – and abridging the freedom of law abiding citizens everywhere.

*** Warrantless searches and roving wiretaps, paying telephone providers for access to TRILLIONS of phone records and ignoring Fourth Amendment protections.

*** Broad powers for the Treasury Department to demand private banking information and use the Patriot Act as a pretense to interfere with the free market

*** Vast amounts of electronic data on virtually every American swept up by insider arrangements and purchases from phone companies, airlines and other businesses afraid to say no to a government “request.”

As you well know, this isn’t some conspiracy theory. This is happening all around us.

And you and I can help put a stop to it today.

One of the most egregious abuses of the Constitution, using the Patriot Act as its basis, is so-called National Security letters, used commonly by the FBI.

It has been estimated that the FBI has used these NSLs – which allow access to records WITHOUT any court or search warrant – at least 50,000 times since 2001.

Just one example, noted in BusinessWeek in 2005, showed that the FBI had issued tens of thousands of NSLs and had obtained one million financial, credit, employment, and health records from the customers of targeted Las Vegas businesses. Selected businesses included casinos, storage warehouses and car rental agencies.

And that’s just one case.

Our federal government is out of control, and every day we see it attempting to abridge more of our constitutional rights.

We know they’d take away our Second Amendment rights in a heartbeat if they could, and we must also remain vigilant to this threat.

They’re spending us and our children into poverty, with crushing trillion dollar deficits.

And they’re allowing the out of control Fed to ruin the dollar and push forward toward the collapse of our currency and way of life.

All of these are vital fights.

But none are more critical at the moment than taking back our freedoms from the statists and power-hungry federal thugs who use the Patriot Act to dig into every aspect of American lives under the false pretense of making us safer.

We cannot be a free nation and have this un-American law on the books.

Liberty-minded Americans from the left and the right are outraged. But outrage alone won’t be enough. Every single one of us must take action today.

Campaign for Liberty has a three point plan to get as many senators as possible to vote against the Patriot Act:

** Your Petitions, and hundreds of thousands like them, will be delivered to the Senate, showing the tidal wave of opposition to the Patriot Act. You can sign by clicking HERE.

** Editorials and Op-Eds across the country to help swing the tide of public opinion to oppose this dangerous abuse of power.

** TV and Radio Ads in targeted states. As you may recall, our program has helped keep Socialized medicine from becoming a reality.

Public pressure works. Think of the agenda items that are stalled in Congress in no small part due to pressure from outraged citizens. Socialized Medicine. Big Labor’s Card Check. Gun grabbing bills. You name it; we’re beating it back.

The time is now to turn our attention to stopping the Patriot Act in its tracks.

The issue already became hot enough that the Senate could only muster a 60 day extension of the bill because of the threat of a Senate filibuster back in December. But now the politicians think all is clear. There is silence on this issue.

Well, I think it's time for them to hear us loud and clear.

Remember, the statists need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. We can and must win this fight.

Please join us and help Campaign for Liberty win this fight by signing your Petition and by making a contribution today.

In Liberty,

John Tate

P.S.: If you and I don’t take the lead, I’m certain the Patriot Act will be renewed, and we will continue to have our freedom and our private information taken away by our government.

You and I need to shine a bright spotlight on what Congress hopes will be a quiet fight.

Please help Campaign for Liberty wage this fight today by signing your Liberty Petition and by making a contribution to Campaign for Liberty if you can.

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  1. I have to admit that The Patriot Act needs to be at least tweaked. The only reason I will sign the petition is because I don't trust Obama one iota. I do believe something needs to be kept in order to track down terrorists and listen in the Muslim Jihadists conversations of planning more attacks without sacrificing average innocent Americans freedom and liberty. Do you think that other governments weren't and aren't listening in on overseas conversations?

  2. Thanks for signing! That's something key for us all to remember when considering bills passing through Congress- that "the other guy" will have control of the government next and will have all the powers granted to it in that bill. Republicans who gave the Executive Branch all kinds of power under Bush are now regretting that Obama has all those powers. Conversely, I must ask Democrats who want the government to have unprecedented control over our healthcare- would you really want someone like Bush to have this much control over your health care?

  3. Wes,
    First, I don't think Bush even hinted at wanting to takeover our health care. Second, Bush would probably agree with the GOP's common sense solutions to our health care affordability and accessibility problem instead of a government owning/running our health care. I think he regrets the whole TARP thing (that's what it sounds like to me). I would much rather have Bush than Obama run my health care.

  4. Right- I understand that, but many Democrats would not want Bush to run their healthcare at all or to have the kind of power that they want to give Obama over their healthcare. So I am writing to those people in the Democratic Party and telling them to be careful what they give to Obama, because a Republican will have it next.

  5. Let me clarify a bit- Personally, I don't want any politician or government in charge of my health care. I want my health care to be between my doctor and me.

    I think its great that your trying to talk some sense to the Democrats. I don't undestand why Democrats would grant government such control over their lives? And especially their health care? Is it that Democrats feel uncapable of taking care of themselves? Or making their own decisions?

  6. Yup. That is exactly how I feel spot on. The government has no business playing around with our personal decisions about our health. You and I agree, the Democrats just don't seem to get that while they may want it now, they won't want it when "the other guy" is running the show. They also won't get the quality of care they want. I think in the end however, the voices for health freedom will win out.