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Congress Quietly prepares to Renew PATRIOT Act

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has introduced a little-noticed bill that intends to once again renew controversial provisions of the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year.

When the act was first signed into law, Congress put in some "sunset" provisions to quiet the concerns of civil libertarians, but they were ignored by successive extensions. Unfortunately, those concerns proved to be well founded, and a 2008 Justice Department report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant.


Text of H.R. 67: To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and...


Ron Paul on the PATRIOT Act:

Supporters of the Patriot Act argue that its provisions have not been abused since its passage in 2001. In essence, Justice Department officials are claiming, “Trust us — we're the government and we say the Patriot Act does not threaten civil liberties.”

But this argument misses the point. Government assurances simply are not good enough in a free society. The overwhelming burden always must be placed on government to justify any new encroachment on our liberty. Now that the emotions of September 11th have cooled, the American people are less willing to blindly accept terrorism as an excuse for expanding federal surveillance powers.

Many of the most constitutionally offensive measures in the Act are not limited to terrorist offenses, but apply to any criminal activity. In fact, some of the new police powers could be applied even to those engaging in peaceful protest against government policies. The bill as written defines terrorism as acts intended “to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.” Under this broad definition, a scuffle at an otherwise peaceful pro-life demonstration might subject attendees to a federal investigation. We have seen abuses of law enforcement authority in the past to harass individuals or organizations with unpopular political views. Congress has given future administrations a tool to investigate pro-life or gun rights organizations on the grounds that fringe members of such groups advocate violence.


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The bill has been referred to the following committees:

House Judiciary
House Intelligence (Permanent Select)

It currently has NO co-sponsors

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Out of curiosity

What is considered the "most free" country on Earth right now. I want to move there.

This would be?

This would be the country where the people put forth the most effort to realise freedom.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

most free?

Hard to measure freedom.
My bet would be Costa Rica.

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As I predicted a year ago...

This is how this will work...

"Wait a minute......I can see the future.........Ah, I see administration after administration extending the patriot act provision that are suppose to sunset (and restore our liberty and right to privacy) until off in the distant future they decide.......

We just keep extending these anyway.....why don't we just go ahead and make this permanent. We promise not to abuse the power."



Individual Liberty, Self Reliance

Sunset Provisions

Wow, I just spent the past hour perusing the Sunset Provisions of the bill (USC 1805, 1861, and 1862) and the only issue I can find, as Ron Paul points out, is how the government defines "terrorist activity". But this is the biggest part of the law is who are we targeting. Now, I will have to admit that you have to jump through hoops simply to get a warrant to electronically monitor a "target" and there are provisions that allow the target to challenge the warrant and any information gathered by the government and the law specifically guards our first amendment right. But as I stated before, none of the protection matters if domestic, peaceful political organizations can be targeted. I wrote, and I encourage everyone else, to write to thier reps and senators and let then know that we do not approve of their definition of terrorist activity as "influenc[ing] the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion"

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of course its quiet...

any Bill or Act that does not have the blessings of the American people must be done in secrecy

its always been that way

the question remains, how long will we, the people keep sending elected representatives to work "behind" our back to benefit the multinational corporations that make money from these acts of treason against the people?

how long? as in the words of the great American freedom fighter Dr. Martin Luther King, "not long".

the first salvo was fired in 2010 with this freshman class of representatives...if they do not do what they were elected to do, they, and subsequent others (INCLUDING senators) will also be replaced!

the ballot box, for now, is our preferred method of change

to the american "government":
please don't corrupt the ballot box because you will not like the only alternative method you will leave us

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

C4L has a CPAC topic "Repeal the Patriot Act"

as one of their break out sessions.


Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

the new invested Congress

the new invested Congress just read aloud the Constitution few days ago so I'm sure by Monday they will reject the Patriot Act renewal for being unconstitutional.


Thanks for the laugh.

It'll Pass...

Do you think Mike Rogers and Nancy Pelosi will sit together when they vote 'AYE'?
"Top senators to sit together at State of the Union address"

Ha Ha, that was a good one.

Wouldn't it be nice if that kind of thing actually happened?

They need a reason for Homeland Security

Homeland Security seems to be the new US Government.
Notice how Janet Napolitano seems to be taking center stage.
All the REAL money's long gone folks. All the lands locked up. All this stuff about corp America being a Corporation of Puerto Rico must have had some validity.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

So well said

DHS = your government

Repugnant To The Constitution...

Alright, so why is this not struck down as null and void?

Do we have any process to null and void anything if it is repugnant to the Constitution?

If so, what, and why is it not being done?

If not, WHY NOT?

And how about starting something? This is incredible!

RON2012PAUL...The r3VOLution continues...
"I always win"
+GOLD and SILVER are money+

X-Patriot? No. No matter of life nor death! I am a patriot.

"There is nothing so temporary as a permanent hair style."

When folks leave their land for foreign soil to work for a spell or retire for awhile, government might dredge up a term like X-Patriot. They auger for the lost tax revenue.

When naturally unpopular governmental programs are offered to sacrifice your liberty for some fictional purpose, some hearty souls rise up to defend her... Miss Liberty, that is. Governmental fools affix tacky labels to those souls defending Liberty! X-Patriot, Un-Patriot, Divide-&-Conquer Patriot to those patriots also.


Should I leave this land for great adventure only to return to, "reports of my demise." Reports are an exaggeration.

"There is nothing so permanent as a temporary governmental program... or more generally, an artfully told lie.

End the "Patriot Act." It is fiction to call for something so temporary to continue diminishing Liberty.

Allow Patriot to mean defense of Liberty!

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

As much as we don't like it

They will not ever let this go,They have now hired too many people for these positions that are involved with this act.What are they to do with them if it ends?I fear it is beyond repair at this point.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

There is a way.

You strangle off so much funding that it becomes a matter of the jobs and pay for the top-level bureaucrats, or their lackey's jobs and pay.
The lackeys will then be let go.

You can always count on the selfish interests of a bureaucrat.

What about the unions BigT?

I have to question union contracts in all this,They are not going to just let their people get fired.They have no problem with states breaking contracts but federal?I have never seen federal give up a thing in my lifetime,My father has never seen them give up anything in his lifetime.I fear they are never going to do it.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

If there's no money, then there's no money for them either.

I suppose they'll have to get real jobs.

I hope you are right

There has always been money,no matter what it takes.

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The Patriot Act is the US

The Patriot Act is the US equivalent of the Nazi Enabling Act. It is a violation of the Constitution.

This is why the continued terrorist threat is so important to our politicians.

God bless Dr. (Ron) Paul who said...

"The Patriot Act is very Un-Patriotic."

Why are there so few sane men in the U.S. Congress?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Boston Port Act

..."The people of Virginia took the Boston Port Act as seriously as if it were directed against them. The day when the act was to go in effect, June 1, 1774, was set apart by the Virginians as a day of fasting and prayer. George Mason had his five oldest children to go to chuch in mourning. Washington went to church and fasted all day."


Hey, I am a true Patriot...

they did not ask for my imput, oh...I forgot, I am an American citizen, and I do not matter, it is all about Corporations, and green back where our elected officials are concerned. Lots of scarcasm by the way..........Hmmmm..when are they going to listen to the American Citizen again?

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Ron Paul, Amash, and Rand should

stand tall during the debates on this.


that is all I have to say about Ron Paul, and Rand.

The "Patriot Act" is the most unamerican, traitorous bs there is

It has got to go.

It's so traitorous and

It's so traitorous and anti-constitutional it's not even funny.

Anybody voting for this now 9 years later should loss their seat.

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Hopefully congress will stand up

to the p act -absolutely nothing patriotic about it -it plays right into Osama's plan to have us turn against ourselves..

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007