Judge Andrew Napolitano giving a speech for Campaign For Liberty back in October, 2009 about the Patriot Act, and more importantly, healthcare reform absent from the Constitution. LM readers know that I am absolutely driven to have the Patriot repealed as it is the most un-Constitutional and fascist document ever foisted on the American public.
Now these gatherings that I am privileged to attend….these gatherings are more important than anything that you can imagine, because in the long history of the world only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its maximum hour of danger.
YOU are that generation! This is your role! Now is it that time!
Freedom must defended from every assailant, in every corner of this country, from outside the country, from inside the country and especially from the government that wants to take it away from us!
Senate Democrats are pushing for a short-term extension of key provisions in the Patriot Act as part of a package of must-pass measures.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to ask for unanimous consent to pass an extension for a host of measures set to expire February 28, according to Senate sources. The request could be made as early as Tuesday night.
The large package of bills includes a year-long extension of three provisions of the anti-terrorism law known a the Patriot Act, as well as extensions for expiring tax provisions, including unemployment insurance, COBRA, flood insurance, the law governing the highway trust fund, the federal flood insurance program and a measure governing satellite television signals.
Is this the only way they can get the republicans to vote for the main parts of this bill?
The first of the three expiring Patriot Act provisions provides the power to seek court orders for roving wiretaps on terrorism suspects who shift their modes of communication. A second allows the government to seek orders from a federal court for “any tangible thing” that is says is related to a terrorism investigation.
The third provision allows the government to apply to a court for surveillance orders involving suspected “lone wolf” terrorists who do not necessarily have ties to a larger organization.
I will continue to say that the Patriot Act IS the biggest threat to our liberty because of the power that has been handed to the executive branch. This shredding of our Constitution needs to be rescinded immediately.
Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to whatever intelligence moronic agency or agencies that compiles the no-fly list. This definitely falls under the category of keeping on eye on Americans vs. catching terrorists. Hasn’t the Patriot Act that was passed without being read because of a rather convenient anthrax attack a freakin’ God-send? Don’t you feel safer?
In the category of “I can’t believe I’m asking these questions”, how long does it take to get a baby’s name off the no fly-list, and why is it necessary to frisk an eight year old boy? This is not about stupidity, this is about big brother. I hope that everybody continues to pay attention to what this 8 year old boy scout is doing, and y’all stop worrying about those jihadist training camps in New York state.
An eight-year-old boy scout has been repeatedly frisked at airports in America because he has the same name as a person on a security watch list.
Michael Winston Hicks, from New Jersey, was first singled out as a baby when his mother tried to get him on a flight in Florida. She was told by airline officials that her son’s name “was on the list”.
As a two-year-old the boy, who is known as Mikey, was patted down by security officers at Newark Airport, which reduced him to tears.
His name appears to be among 13,500 on the “selectee” list, which sets off a high level of security screening, after a man called Michael Hicks at some point triggered suspicion.
It is not on the much smaller no-fly list which has about 2,500 names, mostly of non-US citizens.
His mother, Najlah Feanny Hicks, a photojournalist, told the New York Times that Mikey was badly shaken returning from their recent holiday to the Bahamas when he was aggressively frisked re-entering the US.
“A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him,” she told the newspaper. “But my eight-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.
“I understand the need for security but this is ridiculous.”
I’m irritated. I am sick of this government trying to make another emergency out of a possible crisis, and now the media is piling on.
This would be my obligatory post about Obama declaring a national emergency due to the outbreak(?) of swine flu in millions(?), while the media is now telling us that there are fewer doses of the vaccine than was originally thought in hopes of people jumping the fence and deciding to have live virus sprayed up their and their childrens’ noses over a bug that is considered milder than the seasonal flu.
If you have had swine flu or know of someone who has had swine flu – let me know – because I just do not believe it. I just checked the population of my island, somewhere over 200,000 and I have yet TO HEAR OF SOMEONE CONTRACTING SWINE FLU here, and this place is a total incubator because of the tourists coming from every corner of the world. I should know; I was sick, continuously, for the first 9 months I lived here.
As for a national emergency, I thought we were still under a national emergency since 9.11.2001 – and it has never been lifted; we just forgot about it.
Okay – rant over – I’m going back to writing scholarship essays…
UPDATE: Just found this CBS Piece about the actual swine flu and the CDC. BWWWWAAAAHHHHH!!!!
CDC GUESSTIMATED H1N1 CASES and REFUSED CBS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST !
This century’s AYFKM? Award already went to Bush II and the Congress for putting the Patriot Act into place, and to all the other presidents and congresses who continue to allow this unconstitutional piece of garbage to supersede our Constitution, trample our rights, and imprison the innocent while Bambi wants Gitmo terrorists to walk our streets.
A 16-year-old homeschooled boy from North Carolina was taken away from his home in handcuffs two months ago and has been held by the FBI in Indiana ever since, a victim, his mother claims, of the Patriot Act spun out of control.
According to Annette Lundeby of Oxford, N.C., armed FBI agents and local police stormed her home around 10 p.m. on March 5, looking for her son, Ashton. The officers presented a federal search warrant and seized the tenth-grader’s computer, cell phone and bank statements.
Ashton was then taken to a juvenile facility in South Bend, Ind., charged with making a bomb threat in Indiana from his home computer.
His mother, however, told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV that she argued with the authorities, claiming someone must have hacked into her son’s IP address and used it to make crank calls. The agents’ search, she claims, also failed to uncover any trace of bomb-making materials.
“Undoubtedly, they were given false information,” Lundeby told the station, “or they would not have had 12 agents in my house with a widow and two children and three cats.”
Allowed little access to see her son over the last two months, facing a court date that keeps being pushed back and given no information by FBI agents sitting behind a gag order on the case, Lundeby now says the USA Patriot Act has unjustly imprisoned an innocent boy and stripped her son of due process.
“We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution,” she told WRAL-TV. “It wasn’t intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can’t even defend.”
It is this easy for the government to lock people up and throw away the key, and we all knew this was going to happen whether we want to admit it or not. Can anyone explain to my why a 16 year old kid is sitting in jail for two months. If he really is a home-grown terrorist, would not it be expeditious to convict and parade him around to prove the point that the Patriot Act works? How many more Americans have been picked up that we do not know about?
We keep hearing that America is a nation of laws that no longer exists as long as the fascist Patriot Act can allow anyone to be arrested and jailed with no hearing, an ever moving court date, gag orders, and suspension of due process. Who will be next; you, me, the little old lady at the end of the block? As long as we are going for the gold, we might as well add The Patriot Act to the list of reasons we will fire this government in 2010 and 2012 for ineptitude and inaction.
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”