SitRep (6/2/2015) – The Patriot Act

! They are lying to us about the Patriot Act !

we are being lied to about the Patriot ActWhat? We are being lied to about the Patriot Act…by the government?

Yes !

OK, here is the real story on the Patriot Act:

  1. The Patriot Act was designed to allow the US spy agencies to collect intelligence without getting a warrant from a legal system (i.e. court) judge. That means they would by-pass the Constitution’s requirement for obtaining a “warrant.” That act alone identifies the Patriot Act gathering of data as unconstitutional.
  2. You hear the statists and other pro-big government politicians and NSA Utah data storage centerspokesmen say that they only collect meta-data. That also is a lie. Numerous sources have admitted that US spy agencies have been gathering every email, text message and cell-phone call (including recording the call) for every American for years. It is stored in the NSA ‘s Utah facility. In March 2013 James Clapper, Director of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, he denied that the NSA spied on CongressNational Intelligence, lied under oath about the program. That fall he admitted he had lied, including about collecting the info on members of Congress.
  3. But the specific wording of the Patriot Act itself only allows for the collect of this data on “suspected terrorists.” But once again, under oath in front of Congress, they have admitted that they collect the data on every American. Thus, they are violating the law itself.
  4. In 2004 & 2007 key provisions of the Patriot Act were ruled unconstitutional in Federal District Court. The court ruled that it violated the Constitution’s requirement of “probable cause.” The spy agencies continued the program without complying with the court ruling.

Even if the Patriot Act was stopped all together…THE FBI AND OTHER INVESTIGATORS COULD STILL COLLECT THE INFORMATION!  They would just have to do it in compliance with the Constitution using the regular court system and obtaining a warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment.

the patriot act is UnconstitutionalSo the only REAL question in play here is whether the government’s spies can gather this information by complying with the Constitution or not. And the spy agencies don’t want to have to be held to the Constitutional standard. They have said that it [the Constitution, specifically the 4th Amendment] gets in their way.

Here is the summary of just how bad the Patriot Act is vs. the US Constitution –

Item #1 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

US Patriot Act
Freedom from unreasonable searches: The government may search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

Item #2 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

US Patriot Act
Right to a speedy and public trial: The government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

Item #3 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

US Patriot Act
Freedom of association: To assist terror investigation, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity.

Item #4 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment VI: … to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

US Patriot Act
Right to legal representation: The government may monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

Item #5 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …

US Patriot Act
Freedom of speech: The government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

Item #6 –

US Constitution (Bill of Rights)   
Amendment VI: … to be confronted with the witnesses against him …

US Patriot Act
Right to liberty: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them. US citizens (labeled “unlawful combatants”) have been held incommunicado and refused attorneys.

FBI>>> And here is something to consider –

The FBI admits that they haven’t gotten any usable data through the Patriot Act to crack a single case.

So why in the world are so many politicians working so hard to renew the Patriot Act?

Why is our ultra-leftist Marxist President speaking out so highly in favor of the Patriot Act and renewing it?

Why are all the US spy agencies crying about what will happen if the Patriot Act is not renewed?

POWER – pure and simply.

Federal government Abuse Of Power - the patriot actThe government, spy agencies (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) want the power to spy on anyone they wish without having to abide by the United State Constitution. They want their secret police to be able to use their secret courts to spy on United States citizens in direct violation of the Bill of Rights.

The #1 indicator of a “police state” – secret police forces and secret court system.

Now you know…they are lying to us about the Patriot Act.  And remember this, if it wasn’t for Edward Snowden we would never know the true depths of the illegal and unconstitutional spying on US citizens by our own government.

 

Partial list of sources:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/fbi-didnt-crack-a-single-terror-plot-with-patriot-act-spying-powers/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/21/fbi-admits-patriot-act-snooping-powers-didnt-crack/
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/washington/27patriot.html?_r=0
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20999950/ns/us_news-security/t/judge-rules-part-patriot-act-unconstitutional/#.VW18aEY-b9o
http://writing.colostate.edu/gallery/talkingback/v3.1/downing.htm

 

 

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