Should we keep the Patriot act? I am uncomfortable, as you know, with giving our government more power; and I am completely against giving them unconstitutional powers.
Keep in mind a number of the provisions in the Patriot Act are written in way that allows them to be used in non-terrorism activities. As a matter of fact, it has only been used to prosecute non-terrorist cases to date. In Fact, some pretty bad people have been caught using the provisions in the Patriot Act. We have no way of knowing, however, if it has been used to prevent terrorist attacks.
There are three or four most complained about problems with the Patriot Act, none of which are subject to the sunset clauses:
People complain about the ââÅself writtenââ? warrants, well that is just spin. They still need a judge to sign the warrant. So there is no problem there.
The sneak and peek, which allows agents to enter a house without the owners knowledge; I personally do not care for this provision. But I am not near as worried about this provision as I am the existence of no knock warrants! They existed prior to the Patriot Act and exist today. Someone kicks in my door and I am going to reach for my gun that resides on my nightstand! This means I end up shooting a police officer and/or being shot myself. They have been known to get the address wrong!
The “thou shall not speak” aspect, which says if you are the subject of a search warrant, you can’t tell anyone about it. You can’t tell news reporters, your spouse, or your lawyer about it. This is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution in my opinion. I donââât quite get the thinking on this one.
Some of these, as well as the provision that makes it a crime to provide material assistance to someone the government calls a terrorist has been shot down as unconstitutional in Federal Court. This was related to an attorney for the accused being charged under this provision. They have not made it to the Supreme Court yet.
These provisions are not subject to the sunset clauses and probably won’t even be debated by the Congress. So we are not even debating the most troubling provisions!
People complain about health records, and library records etcetera. I just donââât see a reason to care. If the government has a reason, to care enough about me, to look at my library and health records, more power too them.
I have yet to hear of one case where the government has abused the powers granted it under the Patriot Act.
Over all I have to support the efforts of the justice system to fight terrorism and give it the tools to do their job. Although some provisions are troubling, it is not the big, bad, terrible, monstrous document the Left would have us believe.
You can read The Patriot Act in its entirety here.
Read highlights of the Patriot Act here.