The USA PATRIOT Act is one of the most sweeping, liberty-destroying pieces of legislation in American history. Here’s why.
The commentary above & below consists of edited excerpts from an article* by Simon Black (SovereignMan.com).
The more high-sounding the name of a law, the more disastrous its effects – and the USA PATRIOT Act absolutely conformed. It stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Interdict and Obstruct Terrorism – and this name is truly disingenuous when you think about it. The name itself is a cruel joke on liberty.
Seriously, how was America to become more ‘united’ by allowing warrantless searches, vastly expanding the powers of secret courts, and completely doing away with entire sections of the Constitution?? That’s just absurd.
At 132 pages, the USA PATRIOT Act was a pretty beefy piece of legislation but what most people fail to realize is that the law is entirely incomprehensible.
Instead of simply stating in black & white what the new dark powers of government would be, the USA PATRIOT Act made obscure modifications to other laws…[and] was rushed through Congress before anyone had a chance to read or understand it, at a time when everyone was scared and willing to give the government any power it wanted. The end result was a de facto Police State in the Land of the Free. Faceless government agencies now spy on every form of communication, local police turned into federally funded paramilitary forces, and the Fourth Amendment became an endangered species.
Earlier this year, several key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act were set to expire. It was an opportunity to take back some of the freedom that had been lost yet…Barack Obama, signed multiple bills into law to extend, and even expand, the USA PATRIOT Act’s powers.
It’s amazing when you think about it: a nation that was founded on the principles of personal liberty, which fought the Nazis and built the most powerful economy in the world, is so fragile and afraid of men in caves that it cannot imagine its existence without Orwellian surveillance programs.
This is life now in America 2.0; it’s not the America we once knew, and it’s time to adjust accordingly…Listen in to today’s podcast as we discuss some of the most striking differences between now and America’s golden days. You won’t believe what once used to be possible in the Land of the Free – http://www.sovereignman.com/podcast/celebrating-14-years-since-we-kissed-our-freedoms-goodbye-18130/
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