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Tag: PATRIOT Act
  • Patriots vs. PATRIOT Act

    On Thursday, November 26, the Patriots of University of the Cumberlands YAL chapter suited up to invade students’ privacy. Joining Young Americans for Liberty chapters around the nation, UC YAL took part in #RestoreThe4th, protesting the unconstitutional elements of the PATRIOT Act, as well as other government spying projects. YALers at Cumberlands dressed up in …

  • Liberty University challenges Congressman on the FISA Court System

    Liberty University held an event on September 20th, 2017, where Congressman Bob Goodlatte gave a speech on Article 3 of the Constitution.  The members of the Liberty University Young Americans for Liberty group were shocked the Congressman was even given a platform to speak on Article 3, while he is a huge supporter of the …

  • Obama’s Hollow NSA Promises

    In a speech on Friday, President Obama outlined his plans to reform the National Security Agency’s data collection programs, citing particular sections of the PATRIOT Act that garnered renewed scrutiny after Edward Snowden leaked information about the intelligence agency’s activities.  Many voices on the left and right have criticized the speech for its vacuousness, particularly …

  • The PATRIOT Act Protects the US against Drug Users, Not Terrorists

    Although this chart only represents a few years since 9/11, you can bet with the consistent rise in drug related arrests over the past 10 years, the PATRIOT Act has arrested and convicted far more drug offenders each year than terrorists. As we all know, marijuana is in the spotlight, waiting for its moment to …

  • Missouri Enacts Facebook Patriot Act

    The top story in the St. Louis area right now is the suspension of a professional baseball player.  A law passed by the Missouri Senate in July which is about to go into effect limiting contact between teachers and students via social networks is perhaps a distant second.  State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Nanny State) authored the “Amy …

  • Straining Gnats while We Swallow the PATRIOT Act

    Originally published on my blog here. In the middle of an invective against the hypocrisy of the pharisees of his day, Jesus famously charges that they “strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”  Perhaps on no single issue is more camel swallowing occurring today than the matter of privacy and the PATRIOT Act. Several …

  • Warrantless GPS Tracking On Trial

    Despite the unfortunate reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act by Congress last month, provisions of the law, especially with regards to warrantless searches, are being challenged in the courts. This week, the Supreme Court is going to weigh in on the constitutionality of bugging somebody’s car with a GPS tracking device without a proper search warrant, …

  • Paul vs. Reid: An Epic Battle Over the PATRIOT Act

    This week, the Senate floor was witness to a back-and-forth skirmish of political maneuvering and parliamentary gamesmanship between Senator Rand Paul and Senator Harry Reid over the reauthorization of the misnamed, unconstitutional PATRIOT Act. In the end, Sen. Paul was only successful at getting a debate and a vote on two of the amendments he had proposed …

  • Rebel of the Week: Rand Paul and His 7-Hour Filibuster

    Imagine if this Friday at 12:01 a.m. all law enforcement officials had to cease their “patriotic” behavior adopted since 9/11. No monitoring your bank account, no sifting through your bag without reasonable suspicion at the subway stop, your phone left free from the tapmaster. Due to the persistence of Senator Rand Paul over the past …

  • End the PATRIOT Act

    Members of Congress are once again proving just how much they despise American liberty. This week, both the Senate and the House with make critical votes on whether to extend certain freedom squelching provisions of the PATRIOT Act before its expiration date this Friday. Last week, it was reported that Speaker of the House John …