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Sunday, April 20, 2014
In Response to a Question About the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act
Written on March 25th, 2011
Snowflake Digitalis asked:
Joe; We're going to start with a softball campaign question. What is
Your stance on the patriot act? Would You have voted for it or
against it?¿ Would you vote to renew it¿?"
former Republican Georgia congressman and former Libertarian Party
presidential candidate Bob Barr, I cannot be certain that I would
have voted against the original bill, because there was a stipulation
that only those House members who voted in favor of the bill would be
permitted to participate in the amendment of it.
that the bill was virtually guaranteed to pass, these facts - and
also the fact that members of the House were only given fifteen
minutes to read the bill - mean the congress was put in a very
awkward position. I would like to think that I would have had enough
principle, courage, and confidence in my own patriotism to criticize
the original bill on its unconstitutionality as well as on the basis
of a lack of transparency.
would always vote against renewing the PATRIOT Act. All searches and
instances of wire-tapping should be illegal unless there is probable
cause and a judge has signed a warrant issuing authorization for such
actions. I do not believe that the need for law enforcement agencies
to gather information quickly and efficiently should ever supersede
the Fifth Amendment.
PATRIOT Act has created a slippery slope in which federal agents are
able to write their own search warrants, just as British police could
write their own warrants during American colonization. These warrants
can now be issued for such frivolous things as invading people's
homes on suspicion of drug possession, and suspicion of involvement
with terrorist organizations, which can be construed to be the case
even when a citizen is merely sympathetic with innocuous, non-violent
Arab organizations which oppose Israel and / or the United States'
belligerent foreign policy."