USA Freedom Act

Can Marco Rubio Lie His Way To The Presidency?

During Tuesday’s CNN debate Jeb Bush told populist frontrunner Donald Trump “You can't insult your way to presidency.” But as Trump pointed out, he’s at 41% and Jeb is fading fast at 4%. However, aside from “insulting your way to the presidency” there’s a second way to get to the presidency apparently favored by the neo-con establishment, and that is the good old fashioned lying preferred by Marco Rubio.

Rubio Ready to Admit More Terrorists to USA, Cruz Ready to be Commander-in-Chief

We urge you to read this article and watch Rep. Jim Bridenstine's ad telling viewers, "As a Navy pilot, I flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan... I just watched a despicable ad from one of Marco Rubio's campaign supporters suggesting that Ted Cruz is weak on security." Then ask yourself, "Who is stronger on defending the Constitution, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz?"

Rand Paul: Don’t Trust a Lying Government

Senator Rand Paul, Time

The USA Freedom Act, which the Senate approved Tuesday, still threatens the constitutional rights of Americans. Apologists for collecting all the phone records of all Americans all of the time now belatedly say they are OK with ending the bulk collection program. They want you to know that your records are not really protected by the Fourth Amendment. They are only doing you a favor by granting you this reform.

USA Freedom Act Passes

Francine Kiefer, Christian Science Monitor

After letting the US government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records go “dark” for two days, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bipartisan House bill that reforms a section of the Patriot Act. President Obama, who argued for the reforms, signed the bill Tuesday evening.

Can You "Compromise" On The Constitution?

We don't think you can "compromise" on the Constitution. This would seem to be the time for constitutionalists in Congress to strike and to rein-in the abuses of the Fourth Amendment that have gradually built-up like barnacles on our right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Unfortunately, with the USA Freedom Act, Congress is headed in the wrong direction.

Are Rand Paul’s NSA Metadata Concerns Misplaced?

Earlier this week Fox News’s Megyn Kelly conducted an incisive interview with Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) about his opposition to the National Security Agency’s metadata-collection program under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (the business-records provision). That interview prompted our good friend Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review to post a detailed rebuttal of Paul’s position that was so thought provoking we think it needs further discussion from our large audience of constitutionalists.

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." 

Senator Jeff Sessions: Keep Patriot Act As Is

In a powerfully argued op-ed in yesterday’s National Review Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, one of Capitol Hill’s leading limited government constitutional conservatives and the de facto leader of the growing “populist conservative” movement, spoke in support of keeping the Patriot Act, and especially its controversial Section 215 data collection program unchanged saying, "it should not be more difficult to investigate a terrorist plot than check fraud." Senator Sessions’ conclusion – that it ought not be more difficult to investigate terrorism than it is to investigate a common felony case was echoed by the Editors of National Review, who posted a complimentary editorial supporting the renewal of the Patriot Act.

A Long-Awaited Reform to the Patriot Act

Russell Berman, The Atlantic

In a bipartisan vote of 338-88, the House on Wednesday afternoon passed the USA Freedom Act, which seeks to restrain the nation’s surveillance state while extending other key parts of the 2001 Patriot Act that are set to expire at the end of the month. At its core, the House measure ends the NSA’s bulk collection program first exposed two years ago by Edward Snowden, and requires the government to be more transparent about the data it seeks from citizens. 

Capitol Hill Conservatives Split On Patriot Act – What Say You?

Contending approaches as to what to do about renewing Section 215 of the Patriot Act appear to have split liberty-minded members of Congress with some, like Sen. Mike Lee, supporting the "USA Freedom Act," while others, led by Sen. Rand Paul, support the 'Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act." Other Republicans, such as Senators Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell support a "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act. Update: In a bipartisan vote of 338-88, the House on Wednesday afternoon passed the USA Freedom Act.