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The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet next week to consider legislation to extend provisions of the Patriot Act.
If this extension passes it means yet another year of warrantless wiretaps another -- -- warrants issued by federal agents instead of by federal judges and another year where the government law unconstitutionally spy on innocent Americans.
Let's -- would John Whitehead the Rutherford Institute founder and an expert on the constitution has to say about this John welcome back to freedom watch.
But that the first time that the Patriot Act was enacted you know that's as well as anybody in the country there was no debate on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Members -- were given fifteen minutes.
To read something that was 315 pages long but takes about twenty hours to read because it demands already existing legislation before they had to vote yea your -- so a couple questions first.
Will there be a real meaningful debate.
On at this time and secondly what provisions -- does the government want to extend.
-- -- and the point was it didn't read it and nothing there's going to be meaningful debate no I think that the government felt was for -- -- into.
Reauthorize the Patriot Act again I'd I don't I don't think anyone have the political.
Strength there intestinal fortitude to oppose it because most people don't understand it and what it does but as you know as you said it knew it well allows the government can -- record warrantless wiretap warrant -- thinking it actually -- in your home under so called.
Sneak -- searches.
Where the war but don't they don't have to tell you there a searcher homes that it allows.
Yelled you're the bookstore to find out what your mind what's your reading so it's a whole snoop provision and no I don't see -- -- I don't think that we have the kind of people today.
The only person in the senate that actually stood up and spoke out against the Patriot Act was Russ Feingold.
Well he lost in the last election but he gave that great speech which I quote the commentary of our run on -- subject he said we're moving into police stated we do this well I think.
I think we -- I think senator Feingold was right but I think they'll be more opposition this time there's a lot of I've Tea Party generated.
Members of congress in the house and in the senate will be opposed to it.
But -- talked to me about this -- John because you've not only studied this -- litigated against it.
What is the long term effect we've had the Patriot Act for ten years now.
What is the long term effect on the natural rights of the American people.
The rights that Jefferson said in the declaration of independence are in alien -- ball.
And come from birth as a gift from our creator what is the long term effect on the American people when the government without us knowing it.
Violates these rights 24/7.
Well first of all we all become suspects.
A -- we have the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures is that.
The for the for the founding fathers set it probably should be treated like human beings we should be treated like suspects a surveillance state and that's what we've become.
And as the -- recent evidence indicates.
The years who have.
Between 2002 and 2008 some 40000 violations by the FBI under the Patriot Act of -- being in.
Lying in going into reading files so.
Yeah also -- what we've happened I think Russ Feingold right we have moved into a police statement question is is.
Can we stop this now is it going to be.
Reauthorize again my feeling it probably is going to be about block call people do -- become educated in the name of the things -- point out is that.
A lot of the liberal groups out there like the ACLU and others that were screaming Linda and George Bush is an office have been very very quiet about this they don't talk much about it and -- you have to start educating people we have -- -- and we have to litigate this matter.
We only have about a minute left here's what gets me a lot of people are speaking today about the Obama administration.
The health care reforms even though they've been declared unconstitutional.
By a federal judge five different federal judges have declared five different parts of the Patriot Act unconstitutional.
And yet the federal government uses it dozens and dozens of times a day how -- get away with it.
They're just doing it like the FB got an FBI there's no oversight and the president.
And congress is letting them go Willy Nilly and that's exactly what's happened we need oversight and congress needs to give that oversight need to clamp down intelligence agencies and make consult -- in -- wiley in the Fourth Amendment the Fourth Amendment is the only thing that we have between us and a plea.
-- and you should be before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week to tell them some horror stories that they would not like the government.
Visiting on their constituents -- -- it's always a pleasure thanks for -- -- Thank you -- up next so.
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