21 August 2007

Protect America Act 2007

Our Congress, Senate and Administration make me sick!!! These people are supposed to be our representatives and they are destroying all of what I thought America stood for. They have decided that ideas such as the Posse Comitatus Act, habeas corpus and the Fourth Amendment are all pre-9/11 thinking and have done away with them, among other tenets of our once-respected nation.
Another piece of liberty crushing legislation was signed into law by George Bush on 5 August 2007. The ironically-named Protect America Act of 2007 may (will likely) allow warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. soil as it redefines electronic surveillance.
"The dispute illustrates how lawmakers, in the end-of-session scramble, passed legislation they may not have fully understood and may have given the administration more surveillance powers than it sought."
(NY Times quoted in the Seattle Times.)
I urge everyone to submit and support bills in the legislature that require our lawmakers to read the bills they sign. Their excuse for passing the Patriot Act?: We didn't read it!!! Their excuse for getting rid of an essential legal protection for the first time since 1215 A.D.?: We didn't understand!!! Why? Because they didn't read it!!!

I say we stop letting them play the "We didn't know card" and hold them responsible for the laws they are passing. I find it unconscionable that our "representatives" are enacting laws they don't "fully understand.

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