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The Day The Fourth Amendment Died

Monday, August 20th, 2007

August 5, 2007. Remember that date. You may very well be asked by a child or grandchild to explain this abomination. Those who have not walked and witnessed this Constitutional erosion will undoubtedly have many questions.

How could Congress pass an unconstitutional law?”

Did every American take to the streets screaming? Did they just let their rights as Americans go?”

“I don’t understand—what sequence of events could possibly occur that our Congress would deem it legal for the government to spy on any or all Americans?”

Wait…isn’t it the responsibility of the Congress to ensure the executive does not attain unchecked power?”

Ok, let me understand this; the Congress and the American people already knew there were serious problems with this administration and the Department of Justice was crumbling under corruption in its highest ranks…and they were given MORE power?”

I just found out I am going to be a grandmother. I could be faced with the most difficult question: “What did you do, Grandma?”

These are quite legitimate questions considering it is the obligation of every American to question our leaders and demand the preservation of our Constitution; a precious legacy belonging to each of us. Every American is born with the gift of our Constitution being passed on to us and with the obligation to vehemently defend it and pass it on - uninjured - to the next generation of Americans.

We can only hope this course will be righted and we will be able to explain that this was a temporary shredding of our Constitution orchestrated by a manipulative and maniacal President with an unending hunger for power; and facilitated by an impotent Congress paralyzed by fear and intimidation.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The United States Constitution - Amendment IV

We are also allowed to protect ourselves from unlawful and warrantless searches. The time between my last article on this subject and the subsequent passing of S.1927 has been spent researching avenues available to do just that.

S.1927 - The Protect America Act was introduced, rammed through Congress, passed, and signed by the President within 5 days.

Introduced Aug 1, 2007
Scheduled for Debate Aug 2, 2007
Passed Senate Aug 3, 2007
Passed House Aug 4, 2007
Signed by President Aug 5, 2007

Our Democrat controlled Congress has violated our trust, faith and most importantly, our votes given to them on the basis of hollow principles, feigned indignation and empty assurances. They cannot be trusted to act in the interest of American citizens.

In a vile display of cowardice, the Congress rubber stamped Constitutional violations, lest they be blamed when the terrorists come here to kill us all. They have and will continue to give the President every ounce of unrestrained power he wants because he will then remain singularly to blame for anything that happens. I suppose it has escaped their attention that they have created in themselves a far grander culprit.

My previous article details the sweeping changes to the FISA law. I encourage everyone to become intimately familiar with The Protect America Act. The following are excellent resources:

Irregular Times offers updated information on the Act and the movement to have it repealed.

John W. Dean, a FindLaw columnist, and former counsel to the president analyzes the threats posed by The Protect America Act.

The Center for National Security Studies - Executive Summary of Grave Concerns about the FISA bill S. 1927.

After becoming intimately familiar with S.1927, I encourage everyone to act.

EFF Petition to repeal the Protect America Act - Please begin speaking out by signing this petition.

Below is a list of every House and Senate Democrat who voted for S.1927 - The Protect America Act.

You no longer have the right to privacy. You no longer have the right to protection from warrantless searches. Based on the structure of the new law it is unreasonable to assume you will not be spied on and have your communications collected by the government. It is simply unreasonable to assume that. Tell Congress you will not tolerate it.

SENATE DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR S.1927

Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana
Senator Thomas Carper of Delaware
Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania
Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California
Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida
Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas
Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado
Senator James Webb of Virginia

HOUSE DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR S.1927

Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania
Christopher Carney of Pennsylvania
John Barrow of Georgia
James Marshall of Georgia
Melissa Bean of Illinois
Dan Lipinski of Illinois
Dan Boren of Oklahoma
Leonard Boswell of Iowa
Allen Boyd of Florida
Ben Chandler of Kentucky
Jim Costa of California
Bud Cramer of Alabama
Artur Davis of Alabama
Henry Cuellar of Texas
Chet Edwards of Texas
Nick Lampson of Texas
Ciro Rodriguez of Texas
Lincoln Davis of Tennessee
James Cooper of Tennessee
Bart Gordon of Tennessee
John Tanner of Tennessee
Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Brad Ellsworth of Indiana
Baron Hill of Indiana
Bob Etheridge of North Carolina
Michael McIntyre of North Carolina
Heath Shuler of North Carolina
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota
Brian Higgins of New York
James Matheson of Utah
Charles Melancon of Louisiana
Harry Mitchell of Arizona
Collin Peterson of Minnesota
Tomothy Walz of Minnesota
Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota
Michael Ross of Arkansas
Vic Snyder of Arkansas
John Salazar of Colorado
Zachary Space of Ohio
Charles Wilson of Ohio
Gene Taylor of Mississippi


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