Tell Congress to ‘Reform or Repeal’ the Patriot Act


Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.

NSA Headquarters, near Ft. Mead, MD. (Image via Wikipedia)

Leadership Would Extend the Bill without Repealing Its Most Unconstitutional Provisions

In retrospect, Osama bin Laden‘s most damaging blow to America may not have been the attacks his followers carried out on 9/11  but our government’s Big Brother, surveillance-state response. Since 9/11, our government has used ‘The Patriot Act’s unconstitutional provisions as “cover” for spying on its own citizens. Domestic surveillance agencies have trampled over the 4th mendment of the Bill of Rights, effectively eliminating Americans’ rights to privacy and due process.

The NSA continues to use widespread, “warrantless” wiretapping and surveillance on the American people, despite reforms that set up the FISA courts as a way to expedite approvals for legitimate warrant requests. (The intelligence community has consistently bypassed these courts as it developed the capability to monitor viturally all electronic communications within the United States.)

Osama bin Laden may be laughing at us from the grave, because the cynically, and misleadingly, named “Patriot Act” strikes at the very heart of the “concept” of America: A nation founded on individual freedoms and sacrosanct “civil rights” protected by the U.S. constitution.
Under a bi-partisan, last-minute agreement reached Friday between leaders of the House and Senate, a cloture vote will be taken at 5 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 to severely curtail further debate and amendments to a bill to extend the Patriot Act for another FOUR YEARS. Every day that we continue to live under the Patriot Act brings us a day closer to the rise of a police state and the end of ‘America the Free,’ which former President Ronald Reagan once called, “a shining city on a hill.”

The Patriot Act is set to expire on Friday, May 27th. If we allow Congress to extend it for another four years, we could be giving Osama bin Laden the posthumous victory he certainly craved. Contact your congressmen and senators today and voice your opposition to extending this highly flawed, anti-American law. Every elected official who votes for this bill violates his or her oath of office  to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America.” Violating that oath is grounds for impeachment.

© Jonathan S. Reisfeld and Write @ You!, 2011. (See full statement in footer.)

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