Today the USA Freedom Act passed and the press released stated,
“Lee Applauds Implementation of the USA Freedom Act”
“Today both the safety and Constitutional rights of American citizens are more secure thanks to the USA Freedom Act,” Lee said. “Not only did the USA Freedom Act strengthen the Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans by ending the bulk collection of personal data, but it also better ensured national security by closing a loophole that prevented the government from tracking foreign terrorists once they entered the United States.”
Really? It strengthened the Fourth Amendment?
The 4th Amendment: “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 …”
The Fourth Amendment is already written to protect us from exactly what the NSA and federal government did as a result of the Patriot Act.
A federal court of appeals also agreed that the government was violating the Fourth Amendment,
“Tuesday’s vote on the Freedom Act comes less than a month after a federal appeals court ruled that the National Security Agency’s practice of collecting bulk data about Americans’ phone calls violates the Constitution.”
The NSA has been breaking the law, thanks to the Patriot Act. Now the same government that brought us the Patriot Act is bringing us the USA Freedom Act to prevent the government from violating the US Constitution in the future?
Elements of the federal government have been violating the rights of millions of people since October 26, 2001, for a total of 14 years, and there will be no accountability. They passed an illegal act saying it gave them the right to do what they were doing. Now they pass a new law to prevent them from violating the constitution in the future, and we just overlook the fact that they violated the law for 14 years?
Putting the legal concerns aside, could we be being lead down the primrose path, again, by our elected leaders with this Freedom Act? The title “USA Freedom Act” makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. When the government uses patriotic words during times like these, it is to make us all feel good, comfortable, or safe. A good example of this was the Patriot Act, which played on the same American values and word trickery in 2001.
While the illusion of protecting Americans was being presented at the front door the Patriot Act came in behind us under the radar and destroyed millions of Americans rights. As a result the government was able to convince folks that in order to be safe from further attacks we must relinquish some freedoms.
Safety vs rights have been an argument since the founding of this nation, and it was Benjamin Franklin that addressed the issue in 1775.
“In 1755 (Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, Tue, Nov 11, 1755), Franklin wrote: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.””
With the passing of the “USA Freedom Act” and “The First Amendment Defense Act” earlier this year, I can’t help but wonder why our elected officials are doing this when the US Constitution already protects those same rights.