First published at Blogcritics as Patriot Act Extended.
Top lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a deal to extend the Patriot Act another four years, allowing the continued use of roving wiretaps, the compelling of businesses to release records, and surveillance of so-called “lone wolf” terror suspects.
“Civil liberties” groups (READ: ACLU) reacted with perfunctory anger.
Surveillance and intelligence gathering on domestic threats is an absolute necessity. The terrorists in this country depend on civil liberties groups like the ACLU, an apparatus for every subversive, anti-democracy malignancy that exists, and invasion of privacy fears to steer laws away from their activities. Paranoid and self-absorbed types who think the NSA listens in on their phone conversations with Grandma, are wasting their angst.
Although the Patriot Act deals with domestic surveillance, not foreign, the point is moot, Bin Laden had connections and collaborators in the United States well before 9/11, and his soul mates are still here.
Terrorists use legitimate businesses as well as social and religious organizations to launder money they use to facilitate operations and attacks. They use pay phones, disposable phones, Blackberries, and third parties to pass information. That’s why roving wiretaps work.
The NSA has its hands full.
If anything, wiretaps should be used to monitor some of Obama’s friends and associates; CAIR, William Ayers, the Arab American Action Network (a terrorist front), the Muslim Brotherhood (another terrorist front), and Hatem El-Hady, former chairman of the Islamic “charity” Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising, just to name a few. And considering everything Obama’s done for national security, eavesdropping on him might not be such a bad idea.
The NSA’s goal is to scan for terrorists. On the flip side, the TSA targetsSoldiers, children, wheel-chair bound cancer patients, and thermoses.
The real threats to civil liberties are things like ObamaCare, his collusion with Google, his net neutrality ploy, Mark Lloyd, the Communications Diversity “czar” in the FCC, who believes freedom of speech is an “exaggeration”, government Obamabots who snoop into the records of citizens who dare to question his spread the wealth socialism, and Dem legislators and their union pals who assault opponents verbally and physically.
Whatever your concerns about the Patriot Act, it pales in comparison to the damage Obama’s doing to national security and civil liberties.