“ANY SOCIETY THAT WOULD GIVE UP A LITTLE LIBERTY TO GAIN A LITTLE SECURITY WILL DESERVE NEITHER AND LOSE BOTH!”
BEN FRANKLIN SAID THAT SOME 200+ YEARS AGO.
HOW RIGHT HE WAS!
SOLD TO THE MASSES DURING A TIME OF FEAR, THE PATRIOT ACT DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM!
August 7, 2014 – It was the sixth week of my first job fresh out of college. I was still eagerly excited for each new day. Having moved stateside from a small town in Canada to finish up university and then on to the big city of Chicago, I was still in awe of America. I was working in the north building of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the corner of Madison and Wacker. It was early morning and I was on the phone with Paul Salvio from our New York office when the phone went dead.
The day was September 11, 2001. Our New York office was on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center North Tower. None of the employees who had arrived to work that day survived. It is a moment that elicits strong emotions within me to this day and I know I’m not alone.
In the days and weeks that followed, while the world came together to mourn those lost and to condemn those responsible, our policymakers in Washington were working feverishly to find opportunity in this tragedy. Forty-five days after 9/11, President Bush signed into law the U.S. Patriot Act.
The implication of the ironically titled bill is well described by a report published in March 2009 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report, called “Reclaiming Patriotism,” suggests that the Patriot Act “fundamentally altered the relationship Americans share with their Government.”
Politicians took advantage of a moment of extreme duress for the American people to push through a bill that not only breached the spirit of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights but also directly contradicts the rights guaranteed under the 1st and 4th Amendments. The Patriot Act gave powers to the executive branch of our government it was never meant to have. Such restriction of powers was mandated by the founding fathers through the legal framework of which this nation is governed; a legal framework of which each legislator is sworn to uphold upon taking office.
The ACLU’s 2009 report provides an interesting and unintended perspective on the fundamental dangers of the Patriot Act because it was published prior to revelations made by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Note the following excerpt from the ACLU 2009 report:
“Worse, it authorizes the government to engage in this expanded domestic spying in secret, with few, if any, protections built in to ensure these powers are not abused, and little opportunity for Congress to review whether the authorities it granted the government actually made Americans any safer.”
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And so, we see, concerns about Patriot Act abuses at the time were only hypothetical and thus easily and reassuringly refuted by those in charge of the surveillances being done under the authority of the Patriot Act. Snowden later revealed these very abuses to be absolutely taking place and at alarming rates, suggesting the abuses were not anomalies but status quo.
Many of the surveillance programs revealed by Snowden are part of subsequent legislative bills that fall under the umbrella and authority of rights granted by the Patriot Act. In a sense it has become the “Pandora’s box” against the rights and freedoms of the American people. Since the Patriot Act opened the floodgates, we’ve had a steady stream of bills further expanding the (illegal) powers to those in charge.
The claims that these programs are unlawful are not simply laymen opinion. Several courts across the nation have heard various cases and determined that many aspects of the programs are in breach of the U.S. Constitutionͥ ͥ And yet, no one has been prosecuted and the programs under the Patriot Act not only continue but are expanding.
History and common sense tell us that those in power will always attempt to beget more power. Several independent studies prove that these programs have very little impact on protecting Americans from terrorism while the Snowden leaks evidence the wide abuses taking place for political motivations. The Patriot Act has become the enemy it claims necessitates its existence. It is the most prolific form of terrorism against the American citizenry (and many of our allies) today.
The argument so often touted by beneficiaries of the Patriot Act is that trading freedom for safety is an acceptable trade. That argument is not only invalid it is unsound. Freedom and safety are not mutually exclusive and even if they were the slippery slope aspect of such way of thinking makes it a false proposition. If you haven’t done so, you must fully examine the Snowden revelations to comprehend the extent of the tyranny authorized and enacted by the Patriot Act and its subsidiary Acts.
Let me bring this to a sharp point for any who have yet to feel it—a terrible thing happened to this nation on 9/11 that none of us expected ever would. We felt vulnerable for maybe the first time within the borders of our nation, the strongest nation on this earth. It changed many of us in very profound ways. At that point, in that moment, all we wanted to feel is that it would and that it could never happen again. And so we entrusted our leaders to work together on implementing policies that would ensure our freedom be safe from those who want to take it from us.
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The Patriot Act was sold to Americans as a shield to defend our freedom, that it was to ensure our rights as guaranteed by our constitution and the Bill of Rights would be safe from evildoers. However, the sad reality is that our leaders took our moment of need as an opportunity to further enhance the powers of the state over the power of the people. We know this now thanks to some incredibly brave honorable Americans like Snowden who gave up their individual freedom to defend the freedom of a nation. It is on the rest of us now to stand up to the tyranny of those whose interests are narrow and selfish, whose lies and deceit represent the biggest threat to our freedom.
DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A NATION PREPARING FOR INTERNAL PEACE?
THE U.S. MILITARY SURE SEEMS READY FOR AN UPRISING OF SOME KIND!
THIS LOOK “NORMAL” FROM WHAT YOU REMEMBER GROWIG UP?
- 8/29: California Town Orders Police Department To Get Rid of MRAP Vehicle
- 8/24: Do We Live In A Police State?
- 8/23: ARMY: USE LETHAL FORCE AGAINST “UNARMED U.S. CIVILIANS”
- 8/23: The “New Army Manual” – Does It Destroy the 1st Amendment?
- 8/23: ARMY MANUAL: Use Lethal Force on Peaceful Protesters
- 8/20: Army Seizes All Guard’s Apache Helicopters By Order From Obama
- 8/22: THIS is WHY I Continue to POST and BEG America to Wake Up!
- 8/21: Holder Tells Ferguson, “CHANGE IS COMING…”
- 8/20: How Did Your Police Department End Up With an MRAP?
- 8/19: NSA’s Contractors Will Now Be Recording Your License Plate Numbers
- 8/18: Retired Colonel: “You Blind?” The US “Is Building a Domestic Army!”
- 8/16: SWAT TEAM DEPLOYED AFTER SIBLINGS FIGHT WITH BOAT PADDLE
- 8/16: BOMBSHELL: 15 Benghazi Witnesses KILLED… Unable to Testify
- 8/15: DHS Is Using Provocateurs and Are Behind the Events In Ferguson
- 8/15: Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America
- 8/15: Obama Plans Gun Confiscation in DOJ Memo?
- 8/7: We’re All Criminals and Outlaws in the Eyes of the Police State
- 6/30: Five Stories That Prove We’ve Lost the Battle Against Police
- 6/30: Massachusetts S.W.A.T. Claims to be Private Corporation
- 6/30: George Orwell’s Police State Keeps Expanding
- 5/19: Leaked Documents: Marine Corp. Urban Training Center
- 5/10: Homeless People Shipped Off To "Camps"
- 5/4 : The Reason There Will be a Second Civil War
- 4/27: Why is Obama Decimating Our Military & Arming Federal Agencies
- 4/23: Police State U.S.A.
- 3/23: Will China Choose Russia or America in the Coming War?
- 3/19: Dick Cheney Warns Of EMP Attack and End Of Civilization!!!
- 3/18: Obama’s Gun Confiscation Plans Are a Prelude to Genocide
- 3/18: D.H.S. Snipers Terrorize Confused Residents During Raid
- 3/18: PHOTOS: FEMA Camps for Americans EXPOSED
- 3/18: Marine Officer” “D.H.S. is Pre-Staging Gear and Equipment”
- 3/12: Obama Will VETO Law Requiring Him to Obey Laws
- 3/12: Police State: See Sheriff’s New Military Ride!
- 3/12: Same Witness ACTOR at Sandy Hook and Boston!
- 3/10: Officer:”Don’t Tell Me About The Constitution!”
- 3/10: NSA Chief Pushes For Laws to Silence Journalists
- 3/5: Obama Orders Murder Of 2 MORE American Citizens In Yemen?
- 3/4: Military Tanks, Coming to a Local Police Department Near You
- 3/4/: People Didn’t Like 100 MRPAPS Deployed, How About 13,000 More
- 2/22: National Guard Trains to Fight Second Amendment Supporters
- 2/22: D.H.S. Just Purchased 6 BILLION BULLETS!
- 2/20: U.N. Troops In Texas: “30 Vehicles Loaded With Combat Troops!”
- 2/20: D.H.S. Agent: “US To Collapse Within 6 Weeks”
- 2/20: D.H.S. Buys ANOTHER 700 MILLION ROUNDS of Ammo
- 2/19: ARMY Builds Fake City To Practice Military Occupation
- 2/12: D.H.S. Buys 141,000 ROUNDS OF SNIPER AMMO
- 2/6: Obama Purges More Officers From Nuclear Command
- 1/16: What is REALLY Going On With These Military Officers?
- 1/16: Obama Setting Military Up For Failure OR Devastating Attack?
- 1/6: Navy SEAL Team 6: “They Were Killed. They Were Assassinated.”
- 12/5 Military Purges a Real Concern, Valerie Jarrett Pulling the Strings
- 11/23: Military Thwarted Obama’s Plans To Nuke America This Fall!
- 11/22: Black-Clad Paramilitary Confiscate Guns In California
- 11/22: Video News Report: The Strange Deaths Around Barack Obama…
- 11/21: D.H.S. Continues to Treat American People as Enemies
- 10/27: Revealed: Obama’s Shadow Army & Its Shocking Takeover Plan
- 10/27: Marine Col. Pete Martino Exposes DHS Military Build Up [Video]
- 10:27: Obama Firing of Military Reminiscent of Stalin’s Purge
- 10/25: Updated Numbers: Obama Fires 197 Top Military Officers
- 10/11: Congresswoman Makes Reference To Martial Law On the House Floor
- 9/27: U.S. Military Officers Are Told to Plan To Fight Americans
- 9/26: National Guard Could Soon Patrol Chicago Neighborhoods
- 9/23: “MARTIAL LAW IN EFFECT” SIGNS SPOTTED BY THE TRUCK IN IL
- 8/26: Strange Planes Landing (Likely U.N.) At US Air Force Bases
- 8/8: Another Blatantly Obvious FEMA Camp Pops Up In Texas!
- 7/21: FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations & Executive Orders!
- 6/12: Lists Of Americans To Be Subject To Detention During Martial Law
- 6/8: Bone Chilling Interview With DHS Security Official
- 5/2: Military Would Disarm Americans In National Emergency
- 4/3: Martial Law by Executive Order
- 3/28: Obama VERY Anxious to Declare a National Emergency
- 3/27: Large Movements of Armored Vehicles Reported!
- 3/27: Hundreds Of DHS Armored Trucks On The Move In United States…
- 3/15: Videos of INTERNMENT CAMPS Planned for Americans In U.S.
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