Townhall.com by Judge Andrew Napolitano
A decision last week about NSA spying by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals in New York City sent shock waves through the government. The court ruled that a section of the Patriot Act that is due to expire at the end of this month and on which the government has relied as a basis for its bulk acquisition of telephone data in the past 14 years does not authorize that acquisition.
This may sound like legal mumbo jumbo, but it goes to the heart of the relationship between the people and their government in a free society….
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination co-sponsored the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 along with Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
“A clean re-authorization of the USA PATRIOT Act’s bulk record collection program is not acceptable,” said Sen. Cruz. “It is absolutely critical for Congress to balance the privacy interests of law-abiding citizens against the public’s interest in national security. The USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 strikes the right balance by ending the National Security Agency’s unfettered data collection program and implementing other surveillance reforms, while at the same time preserving the government’s ability to obtain information to track down terrorists when it has sufficient justification and support for doing so. I am pleased to join with Senators Lee, Leahy, and others in this bipartisan reform effort, and I look forward to working with both Republican and Democratic colleagues to see that this bill crosses the finish line. Americans deserve nothing less.”
The Freedom Act Bill passed yesterday in Congress on a bi-partisan vote, 338 to 88 after “only one hour of floor debate, and no allowed amendments….” (See The Intercept, USA Freedom Act Passes House, Codifying Bulk Collection For First Time, Critics Say)
As Judge Napolitano states in the above article, “How do we know that the Freedom Act is a Band-Aid only? Because the NSA supports it.”
In addition, so does Barack Obama because the legislation passed yesterday is supposedly in line with a proposal made by the despot last March. If Obama supports it, we should all be worried.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), also seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination stated earlier this week that he will take a stand for liberty.
Surely to piss many in the Senate from Mitch McConnell down, Paul intends to filibuster the Freedom Act bill when it hits the Senate floor.
“I’m going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches.”
Well that’s Rand Paul leaving Ted Cruz and other so-called lovers of liberty behind on the liberty scale.
H/t Lew Rockwell.