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Freedom From Federal Spying Takes Huge Step Forward

In a good day for Liberty in America, the illegal, invasive and unconstitutional spying program run by the NSA against US Citizens has been scrapped in part by the Senate failing to pass an extension.

This, in large part, is thanks to Senator Rand Paul who filibustered against the extension of the program and brought the machinations of Congress into the light.  The People, who were the targets of this 4th Amendment violation via the bulk data collection without warrant, began to make phone calls and send letters urging their representatives to follow Sen. Paul’s lead and not extend the unconstitutional program.

Of course, those who prefer to shred the Constitution in order to invade the privacy and keep tabs  on every American in the country were not as pleased.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for one bristled under the notion that Americans have a right to be free from warrantless searches and illegal spying by the NSA.  He rejects the notion of the Peoples’ right to privacy under the fearmongering of terrorism:

“We shouldn’t be disarming unilaterally as our enemies grow more sophisticated and aggressive, and we certainly should not be doing so based on a campaign of demagoguery and disinformation launched in the wake of the unlawful actions of Edward Snowden.”

 

Let us not forget the naysayers who would like to tear down Sen. Paul’s action in defending the Constitution by trying to undermine his reasoning.  People like Sen. John McCain who tried dismissing Paul’s actions by tying them to political motives:

“(Senator Paul places) a higher priority on his fundraising and his ambitions than on the security of the nation.”

The chicken littles of Congress like McConnell and McCain also would most likely call Ben Franklin a terrorist loving radical if he had been around today.  As you recall it was Franklin who said:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

The Senators like McConnell and McCain who would have us give up all our Constitutional Rights are exactly of whom Ben Franklin was speaking of.  Why stop at violating the 4th Amendment with the NSA’s spying program?  Why not restrict the 1st Amendment so we can’t talk about things the government doesn’t like in the first place?

And since the government doesn’t think it needs warrants to conduct its spying, why have a 5th Amendment, the government can just dictate who is guilty.

With erroneous names like the Patriot Act or the Obama backed US Freedom Act, they try to bamboozle the People into believing that it is our duty and in our best interest to voluntarily give up our rights.

It is not.

It is in our best interest to defend vigorously the freedom and liberty we have.  For much like the 2nd Amendment, when they other Amendments are stripped away it is very difficult to get them back.

Well, our freedom from warrantless spying from the NSA is a first step in getting back the 4th Amendment.

To ensure the NSA program has ceased by the time authority for it expires at midnight, the agency began shutting down the servers that carry it out at 3:59 p.m. ET Sunday.  That could have been undone within 4 hours had the Senate acted but since it didn’t the spying program was shut down completely by the midnight deadline.

I applaud Sen. Paul’s efforts and hope that he and others of his ilk continue to fight against he violations against the Constitution that have permeated over the past 15 years.

Its how Patriot’s Act. 

(see what I did there?)

 

 

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