Patriot Act (P)roviding (A)ppropriate (T)ools to (I)ntercept and (O)bstruct (T)errorism

BY APIMaster USA PATRIOT ACT

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ORIGINAL STATUTE

The statute was enacted when George Bush signed it into law on October 26th, 2001. The original act was passed by huge margins in Congress, no surprise given that it was only a month after the 9/11 horror. Here is a link to the original voting role call from 10-25-2001.

REAUTHORIZATIONS

From the beginning there have been vocal opponents (including myself) and several cases that have been upheld by the supreme court ruling the actions to be unconstitutional. The law was expanded in 2005 and included 19 amendments (see them here) and signed into law in July of 2005. The congressional voting record is here. A second reauthorization took place in February 2006 which further amended the act and expanded its scope to include things like methamphetamine laws! Here is a link to the voting record for this third expansion.

It was recently extended and expanded by President Obama and the rest of our gubmint in spite of campaign promises to the contrary. Here is a link to the key provisiions that the current administration extended, but basically they were:

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… Authority to access business records (this is very, very broad)
… The
Lone Wolf provision (spying on anybody for absolutely no reason)
… Roving wiretaps provision (yea, cell phones, landlines, whatever, whenever)

Of course, these are only a small piece of what was already solidly in place. Most of the titles in the statute sound reasonable until you realize they can be turned against us. Terrorism is defined in an extremely broad context which allows these laws to be used in other than terrorist activities. Consider that all of these activities can be engaged without any court supervision or knowledge whatsoever, in historical terms this would be called a police state.

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BILL OF RIGHTS: GONE

The biggest problem with the Patriot Act is the slow, but now almost complete, erosion of our Bill of Rights, the guiding light of American liberty and justice (sounds like a sermon, but its true). What used to be fundamentally our right is now optional under the guise of terrorism, Habeas Corpus is one of those fundamental rights.

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Given that our President is a lawyer, a constitutional lawyer at that, it is disgraceful that he could extend this act in spite of suggesting otherwise throughout his campaign. The fact that he better than anyone understands the implications of the Patriot Act reminds me how unprincipled, unscrupulous and corrupt our President is, and by extension our Governement.

The three sections of the statute that Obama extended are the most heinous of all, primarily because they are aimed at the American citizen. Understanding what has happened over the last 10 years can only lead to a single conclusion about the intention of the Government and the puppet masters, complete control over every aspect of our lives. The prerequisite for such a plan is the ability to monitor everything citizens do, this is now firmly in place. The Governement now monitors everything we do, from our phone conversations to our bills to our email and related browsing habits – it is all being aggregated and analyzed 24-7.

I foolishly believed that Obama was going to let these laws expire, just like he said over and over during his campaign. Turns out he couldn’t wait to not just sign the bill but strengthen it as well, another broken promise and another lie. Obama has recently enacted an executive order that creates a council of state governors to work with the feds for the purpose of expanding military involvement in domestic security. Couple this with PDD 51 (Bush era executive order), where the President has dictatorial power in times of national emergency, removes any remaining roadblocks to implementing martial law!

We Americans are so complacent about Government and its actions that implementing these atrocious laws has been easy for the oligarchy, taking less than a decade. The administration was recently quoted about the Establishment of the Council of Governors, here is exactly what was said: “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States”. The 10 governors are hand selected by Obama (or the puppet masters) to form the council, how convenient.

TRILATERAL COMMISSION

The trilateral commission (sometimes referred to as the oligarchy) is trilateralargued to be in control of Obama and all of the executive branch according to Patrick Wood in this outstanding post titled: Obama: Trilateral Commission Endgame. I thought this was an appropriate title since I’ve referred to Obama as the Closer on several occasions, one of the references is located here.

Wood writes:

According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only 87 members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other regions). Thus, in less than two weeks since his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompass more than 12% of Commission’s entire U.S. membership.

In fact, the list includes Geithner (Treasury), Volker (ERC) and Blair (NI) to name a few. This doesn’t include Hillary Clinton who’s husband is a member nor does it include the dozens of high level advisors that involved in our politics. The commission already controls the World Bank and the IMF, there isn’t much left.

SECTIONS OF THE ORIGINAL PATRIOT ACT

Take a look at these sections defined by the Patriot Act (copied from here):

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY (seizure of assets without due process)
AUTHORITY TO INTERCEPT WIRE, ORAL, AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS RELATING TO TERRORISM
AUTHORITY TO INTERCEPT WIRE, ORAL, AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS RELATING TO COMPUTER FRAUD AND ABUSE OFFENSES
AUTHORITY TO SHARE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE INFORMATION
ROVING SURVEILLANCE AUTHORITY UNDER THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978
DURATION OF FISA SURVEILLANCE OF NON-UNITED STATES PERSONS WHO ARE AGENTS OF A FOREIGN POWER
AUTHORITY FOR DELAYING NOTICE OF THE EXECUTION OF A WARRANT
ACCESS TO RECORDS AND OTHER ITEMS UNDER THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT
MODIFICATION OF AUTHORITIES RELATING TO USE OF PEN REGISTERS AND TRAP AND TRACE DEVICES
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION
SUNSET [laws]
TITLE III–INTERNATIONAL MONEY LAUNDERING ABATEMENT AND ANTI-TERRORIST FINANCING ACT OF 2001
ANTI-TERRORIST FORFEITURE PROTECTION
AMENDMENTS RELATING TO REPORTING OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES
BANK SECRECY PROVISIONS AND ACTIVITIES OF UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO FIGHT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
REPORT ON THE INTEGRATED AUTOMATED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR PORTS OF ENTRY AND OVERSEAS CONSULAR POSTS
DEFINITIONS RELATING TO TERRORISM
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AUTHORITY TO PAY REWARDS TO COMBAT TERRORISM
DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM
DEFINITION OF FEDERAL CRIME OF TERRORISM
RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE REGARDING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE COLLECTED UNDER FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978
TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO DEFER SUBMITTAL TO CONGRESS OF REPORTS ON INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED MATTERS
FEASIBILITY STUDY ON USE OF BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIER SCANNING SYSTEM WITH ACCESS TO THE FBI INTEGRATED AUTOMATED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AT OVERSEAS CONSULAR POSTS AND POINTS OF ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES


SUMMARY OF SECOND PATRIOT ACT
Below is a summary of Patriot Act II copied from here.
“Against a backdrop of perpetual war, it’s hard to imagine that Congress will put up much of a fuss over Patriot II. Who could vote against better domestic security? Here are some of the more unsettling proposals:
–Elaine Cassel, “The Other War – The Bush Administration and the End of Civil Liberties,” CounterPunch, 4/26/03





ITS ALL IN THE NAME

I never realized that the word Patriot is actually an acronym in the phrase Patriot Act, how could I possibly have missed this magic with words. The definition for each letter is below (for alignment purposes). In the wikipedia entry the word Patriot is referred to as a contrived acronym, ya think? Anyway, here is what it stands for:


P roviding

A ppropriate

T ools to

I ntercept and

O bstruct

T errorism


SUMMARY

We’re in trouble and its disguised under a cute and contrived acronym: PATRIOT, I’d say this represents a sad irony for us, wouldn’t you? We are likely to see this new machinery tested before the end of Obama’s tenure, some (manufactured) condition will arise that requires martial law be implemented at least on a small scale. Now that all the plumbing is firmly in place we will see how it works sooner than later, want to be a beta tester?

Looks like George Orwell was correct in his vision of the future represented in the novel: 1984 where he said “Big Brother is Watching You”, how true.

Don’t vote for the incumbent, that’s all we can do for now.

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