I don’t have the time to delve into what is happening in congress with the re-authorization of the Patriot Act, so for now I will leave it to Ron Paul to sum up in words on the floor what I would have to say in a much more forgiving tone.  Here’s an excerpt to give you an idea of what is going on followed by the video. Sorry so hasty, but I have a camping trip to prepare for. You can bet I’ll be back to revisit this one……….

Yesterday the House passed the act, “including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.”

Earlier this week, the White House indicated that it would veto the worldwide war provision, not because it is a flagrant violation of the War Powers Resolution and the basic tenet of not investing dictator powers in a president, but because it could cause “confusion”.

The administration’s problem with the provision has nothing to do with the fact that it would make Obama above the law and completely unconstrained by Congress, their only concern is that it would hinder alleged terrorists from being tried in federal courts.

“Section 1039 is a dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical Executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute detainees,” wrote the White House, indicating that a compromise could be made that would ensure the bill’s passage……

Indeed, one could argue that the Obama administration has already bestowed upon itself the powers enshrined in the worldwide war provision with its constant drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and other areas in the region, assaults that kill ten times the amount of innocent people than they do so-called “militants”.

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This does not even touch upon the violation of American civil liberties that this bill continues to trample on. That will be the topic of a near future post so stay tuned and tuned in, and listen  Dr. Paul make our case……..

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