Patriot Act (It Just Won't Go Away)
The Patriot Act may soon (hopefully not) be coming up for a vote. Certain provisions of the Patriot Act will automatically expire if there isn’t a vote.
At the end of Congress’ 2005 session, the Patriot Act was given a one-month extension. The Bush Administration is determined to make this Orwellian nightmare permanent. Is this what we want?
The September 11th attacks didn’t happen because the American people have too much freedom. They happened because the dots weren’t connected — dots that a 5-year-old would’ve been able to connect.
Bush received several intelligence briefings in August 2001 about pending al Qaeda attacks; and several more intelligence reports about hijacked airliners being the likely weapon of choice. The FBI and CIA each had information which, if shared, could have been much more useful to both agencies. This information was not shared.
Obviously our government agencies need to make better use of the intelligence information they receive; and these agencies need to communicate with each other. Right hand, meet the left hand.
But it looks more impressive to just create a big swaggering government agency that can peek at our library records and perform warrantless searches on our homes and businesses. As long as it looks like we’re protecting American citizens, what else matters?
If you don’t think having a permanent KGB-type agency watching over us is the right answer, please click here. This will send a message to your two senators.
Ask them to oppose a vote on the Patriot Act, and allow certain portions of it to sunset automatically. If a vote does come up, ask them to vote No on any renewal or expansion of the Patriot Act.
Even if you’ve already sent this same message before, please send it again. We won’t protect ourselves from terrorists by turning the clock back fifty years to the McCarthy era. Please send this message.