Patriot Act

4th Amendment ideological blinder of the week

John Wesley Hall is a Fourth Amendment expert and blogger for whom I normally have tremendous respect. I don’t know his politics, but he’s obviously not a conservative. Otherwise he would know that conservatives in the grassroots and even some in Congress such as Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have been outspoken in protecting Fourth Amendment rights. 

Fitzgibbons Fires Back: Patriot Act Metadata Collection “unsupported by the Constitution”

In America, neither individuals nor businesses are expected to hand over data or other private property to government without probable cause and a judge-issued warrant, or after trial under due process. Popular sentiment and the Bill of Rights are aligned on this. We’re not supposed to be a police state, which is why the Fourth Amendment’s protecting this private property from the government is quintessential American law over government says constitutional lawyer Mark Fitzgibbons, and we agree.

Rand Paul Stages Filibuster To Protest Patriot Act

The NSA's bulk collection of telephone records violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the country's citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, Senator Rand Paul said. "I see no reason you can't have security and the Constitution at the same time," said Paul. "There's no reason why we can't catch terrorists like we catch other bad people in our society, by using the Constitution." 

GOP: NSA Chief Must be Fired

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

James Sensenbrenner demanded that Eric Holder investigate the NSA’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, for lying to Congress, saying that he wasn’t honest when he denied the gov't was collecting phone records.

Can Europe Help Curb NSA Spying?

Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) asked the European Parliament to work with the US on finding a balance between liberty and security. He said this would require curbs to the NSA's surveillance programs.

Lessons of 9/11 Lost in Political Correctness

America is full of men and women who have broad shoulders and stout hearts, but they are not in ascendancy today. Our nation is run by the kind of people who will search an octogenarian from Minnesota before she boards a plane, but will allow the likes of Major Nidal Hassan to shield his evil with a whisper-thin patina of faith.

Let's Thank Patriot Act Author Jim Sensenbrenner for Joining the Fight Against the Surveillance State

Constitutional conservatives need every ally we can find if we are to reestablish respect for the Constitution in the federal bureaucracy and stop the growth of the surveillance state. Jim Sensenbrenner, author of the Patriot Act, is a powerful ally who should be welcomed to the fight.

Congressional Republicans Need to Understand the Politics of Privacy

It’s time to ask tough questions about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. The problem is that too many Republican members of Congress, who should have the constitutional rights and liberty of their fellow Americans upper most in their minds, have become complicit in the advancement of the surveillance state.

The Neo Con Folly of “Preemption” Defies the Wisdom of Ronald Reagan

We can’t shoot our way to victory over radical Islam – this is a cultural war – and preemptive strikes and the creation of the all-pervasive surveillance state necessary to make them a success defy the wisdom and the success of the one proven model we have for winning a cultural war; Ronald Reagan’s victory over communism.

Christie: Libertarians Are Dangerous

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Chris Christie blasted libertarian-leaning R's, including Paul, for forgetting the importance of the Patriot Act.

Will Liberals Thank the Tea Party for Saving Their Privacy… and Liberty?

We wonder if liberals will join in the fight to rein-in the Obama surveillance state, or if they will even acknowledge that limited government constitutional conservatives have it right on at least one thing – the Constitution was written to limit government and protect the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of Americans from government intrusion, no matter who is President.

Amash Fighting Big Brother NSA

Rep. Justin Amash’s principled stand for liberty and privacy is in stark contrast to the House Republican leadership who have largely ignored the illegal and unconstitutional acts of the Obama security apparatus in favor of a “security at any cost” attitude toward the NSA's domestic surveillance program.

Tea Partier, Dem Slash Patriot Act

Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez, The Hill

Justin Amash and John Conyers will draft a bill to limit the Act’s spying powers. But will it work?

Is Our Guardian Angel Big Brother?

Pat Buchanan, CNS News

“In the end, we ourselves are going to have to strike the balance between freedom and security.”