One of my favorite Congressmen, Thomas Massie (R-KY), recently appeared on the Glenn Beck radio program to discuss his efforts to repeal the Patriot Act. For years, this has been a bit of a controversial position for Republicans to take because they worried that they might seem weak on defense, or even appear to be a liberal who attacked President Bush at every opportunity. For many anti-Patriot Act Republicans, that’s just not the case – many of us are against the Patriot Act simply because it is an infringement on our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms… and those should be protected at almost any cost.
Yesterday, Glenn Beck and I talked about the Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R. 1466), the bill I introduced with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) to repeal the #PatriotAct. Listen to the podcast and let me know what you think in the comments below!
The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state. Our Founding Fathers fought and died to stop the kind of warrantless spying and searches that the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act authorize. It is long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and reassert the constitutional rights of all Americans.
We’re not giving up. People are fed up. They want their privacy back.
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I understand why the average American defends the Patriot Act, I get why politicians are scared to fight the Patriot Act, but the honest truth is that the Patriot Act is a disgusting perversion of our constitutional freedom. The Patriot Act has allowed for warrantless wire-tapping and the mass surveillance of millions of innocent Americans. It must stop, and it must stop now.
Editor’s Note: We previously reported on 16-year-old Brandon Keibler, who launched Project Digital Privacy, which is an organization that is seeking to battle warrantless surveillance.