The Patriot Act at Work

I’ve been opposed to the Patriot Act from its inception. Yes, I believe we need to protect our nation from terrorists but we do not strengthen America by weakening its civil liberties as afforded by the Constitution. It sounds cliche, but if we allow ourselves to go down this road, then we are giving terrorists the exact victory they seek.

When I’ve discussed this issue with people, I keep hearing the response “well, if you’re not guilty of anything then you don’t have anything to worry about.” That is incredibly naive and misguided. Our founding fathers well knew that a strong Constitution with clearly documented civil liberties and protections was necessary to protect our rights against our own government. And now we have a case that clearly documents the dangers of the Patriot Act.

Folks, you need to understand something if you don’t already understand it. It is now the law of the land that the government can break into your home, take you or a family member, give you no justification or proof for why they are doing so, remove the person to an undisclosed location and deny that person the ability to seek counsel or communicate with family. That is something we used to fight, now it’s something we’ve become.

In this case, a 16 year old boy was accused of making terrorist threats. It sounds like the accusations may be misguided but obviously we don’t have sufficient information to make any kind of worthwhile judgment on this. But it is ridiculous to me that a 16 year old boy could be taken from his home under the Patriot Act, instead of simply making a standard criminal arrest. I have a 16 year old son and the idea of what happened to this other boy happening to him just shakes me. I can’t imagine what this family is going through.

Watch this newscast and understand, we need to start taking our rights back. This is supposed to be a government BY the people and FOR the people and for far too long, that has not been the case. That NEEDS to change.

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