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re: "Gradually, police and counterterrorism agents might be able to identify an entire network of users. At this point the authorities would have perfect visibility into all the transactions and funding mechanisms used by the particular criminal network. " Great ---as long as we assume that the "authorities" are honest and good and that "criminals" are not political enemies of the state. As we have seen in recent years, this is cause for concern. Oversight is great for criminals, bad for honest citizens. And where the line is drawn depends on who is in power...
And more recently: NBC New York Violence erupts following Ferguson grand jury announcement USA TODAY-30 minutes ago Violent protests erupted in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, shortly after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the ... Protesters gather in Union Square to denounce Ferguson grand jury ... New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV-1 hour ago
Distraction and Revolution: The MSM blitz, with the exception of Fox, has Bill Ayers' fingerprints all over it: Grand Jury Does Not Charge Darren Wilson in Ferguson Case New York Times-1 hour ago The killing, on a residential street in Ferguson, set off weeks of civil unrest — and a national debate — fueled by protesters' outrage over what ... Grand jury in Ferguson case does not indict officer in Michael Brown ... Fox News-2 hours ago Hysteria over Ferguson grand jury an indictment of America Opinion-Boston Globe-1 hour ago Americans Rally Across the Country After Ferguson Decision In-Depth-ABC News-43 minutes ago Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Reached: Live Updates Live Updating-Huffington Post-1 hour ago Ferguson Timeline: Grief, Anger And Tension Blog-NPR (blog)-6 hours ago
I was addressing Tins and I side with you. There was a reason it did not pass, and I think the reason is good.
But let's see the fine print. Paul says this is simply a Status Quo bill MASQUERADING as reform, the intents and purposes of which is to PERPETUATE the Patirot Act. Which is somewhat different than an insufficient bill without teeth. There is a difference. Steps toward tearing it down vs. a smoke-and-mirrors re-radification of the Patriot Act. One of you is right.
Ron Paul: Good Article. I do not agree with you on every point you have ever made. But I do think you provide an honest and accurate appraisal of our congressional problems. Establishment republicans with the Dems tend to create fires out of control. I think ObamaCare should be repealed and replaced. I think the Constitution should stand. Re: domestic terrorists: yes, the threat is real; BUT why should NSA (Uncle Sam) be listening in on any American citizen's free speech ---some of which criticizes the government---when that individual has no ties to terrorism? Why should Pres. Obama ---or any president---have an enemies list? With the executive overreach precedent being set, ANY president down the road can invade the privacy of any "unAmerican, objectionable, citizen", trump up any incidental breaking of overreaching laws, and put that person in prison. Can use medical records of any citizen to make an "unAmerican objectionable citizen" just disappear ---as was the case in the Dirty War of Argentina in the mid-1970s. People would just disappear. No government of any political bent should have this kind of power. Some people think the constitution is too archaic for our times. But the Framers knew what they were doing. Human vices are very, very, old. They are also very modern. I'm with Paul: the sooner the so-called Patriot Act fades away, the more free we are.
re: ' “If we had lost 30 or 40 seats, rather than the dozen we lost, then [Pelosi] would have said she’s never leaving,” joked one Democrat, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “If we keep losing seats, she’ll be here until she’s 90." ' Dems: Pleaaaaaase release us from this woman's clutches!! LOL
Agree, except I think even leftists are starting to wake up in some places: --Oregon votes no on amnesty. --The New York Times [?]http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/us/by-using-executive-order-on-immigration-obama-would-reverse-long-held-stance.html?_r=0 He is desperate. Never mind how many ISIS beheadists cross over in the new borderless America.
re: "“I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” EXACTLY what narcissists do: Telegraph their character flaws and pin the blame on someone else.
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