The Libertarian Patriot
Striking another blow to our liberty and freedom, Congress has brokered a deal to extend the Patriot Act until June 2015. Not much of a surprise considering the leadership of both parties, along with the President, want to see it happen.
For all I rant and rave about getting this country's financial house in order, none of that matters one iota in the grand scheme of things if at the end of the day we are forced to live in a perpetual warfare, police state where we have no freedoms or rights.
What's even worse is that the same people who support the "democratic" uprisings in the Middle East are the ones who are stripping away our liberties here at home in the name of safety and security.
Ask yourself this, are you any safer today than you were ten years ago? And at what cost?
Today the surveillance state can sexually assault you, listen to your phone calls, read your correspondence, track your every move and hold you without reason if they wish and there is nothing you can do about it. What's worse, you cannot even defend yourself if you are labeled a threat to national security.
If we allow this continued usurpation of our freedom and liberty, we will one day wake up to realize that the Orwellian nightmare of an all knowing, all seeing, all powerful government is our reality and we are nothing more than chattel subject to the whims of the ruling elite.
To quote Ben Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
My, if he could see us today.
Congressional leaders reached a deal Thursday to extend the Patriot Act, the set of antiterrorism laws passed in the wake of Sept. 11, with no oversight revisions, leadership aides in both parties said.Via Memeorandum
The plan, agreed to by House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), would extend the law until June 2015. The most controversial elements of the antiterrorism law were set to expire May 27.
When Congress last extended the provisions in February, the push hit significant resistance among House Republicans with libertarian leanings and some Senate Democrats. Both groups had privacy concerns.
The deal reached by congressional leadership does not address these concerns, and at least in the Senate, leaders are working out a way to limit debate to minimize controversy, a Democratic leadership aide said. A vote to cut off debate was scheduled for late Monday afternoon.