Un-Patriot Act

(AP) PORTLAND, Ore. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, “now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

cbs5.com – Judge Rules Parts Of Patriot Act Unconstitutional

Let’s examine the fourth amendment, shall we?

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.

Now, the Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001. That means that we’ve been living for nearly six years with laws that are unconstitutional.

When the President is sworn into office, he or she takes an oath –

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (source)

And what happens when a President fails to uphold their oath? One, it’s a serious breach of contract. Two, it tells the American people that they can’t be trusted. Do we want a President who falls into those categories?

You tell me.


3 Responses

  1. …That was sarcasm at the end, right? ‘Cause I’m not going to say “THAT’S SO STUPID! EVERYTHING SUCKS!” because I’m sure you already know. ^_^

  2. Disc (sorry, I think I used your real name in another comment), have you ever heard the saying, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact”? The Constitution changes during a time of war, in order to protect the lives of American citizens before their rights. Because–now, this may sound immoral to you, but try to stretch your mind a bit–I like to think that my life is worth more than your right to privacy. There’s such a thing as a terrorist, and he tends to break the Geneva conventions, if you haven’t noticed. So why are we forced to fight fair with people who don’t do it themselves? That’s more people dead, in that scenario.

    Now, let’s examine what “freedoms” the Patriot Act “defiles”:

    1) Your right to look up how to make a bomb at your local library without being arrested.
    2) Your right to plan a terrorist attack over the phone or internet without that pesky government of ours intervening.
    3) Your right to call members of an Al Qaeda terrorist cell in the Middle East without being wiretapped.

    Personally, if you’re disgruntled that you can no longer do any of the things on that list, I don’t think I’d mind you going to Guantanamo.

  3. I’ll reply to each of the defiled “freedoms” separately –

    1.) What if I want to look up Wiccan Spells? Wiccians are polytheists (as far as I know), and there are people who do not like polytheists (extremist Christians, perhaps?). What if the job of monitoring library records fell in the hands of one of these people?

    2.) The person who is listening to your phone conversations is a person. He or she has the same weaknesses, inclinations, and desires as any other person. Of course, if a phone line has connections to a terrorist, then a wiretap should be approved. If it takes too long, then tell the Senate (they approve wiretaps, correct?) to stop worrying about gay marriage, etc, etc, etc, and start thinking about more worthwhile things, such as wiretaps of terrorists.

    3.) See number 2.

    Guantanamo? Yay! Free healthcare! The best in the whole United States!

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