Back to the Future: Bernie Sanders: It's Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American

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I welcome a federal appeals court ruling that the National Security Agency does not have the legal authority to collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls. Now Congress should rewrite the expiring eavesdropping provision in the so-called USA Patriot Act and include strong new limits to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.

Let me be clear: We must do everything we can to protect our country from the serious potential of another terrorist attack. We can and must do so, however, in a way that also protects the constitutional rights of the American people and maintains our free society.

Do we really want to live in a country where the NSA gathers data on virtually every single phone call in the United States—including as many as 5 billion cellphone records per day? I don’t. Do we really want our government to collect our emails, see our text messages, know everyone’s Internet browsing history, monitor bank and credit card transactions, keep tabs on people’s social networks? I don’t.

Unfortunately, this sort of Orwellian surveillance, conducted under provisions of the Patriot Act, invades the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans.

The surveillance law originally was passed by Congress in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I voted against it. I voted against reauthorizing the law in 2005 when I was still in the House and voted “no” again in 2011 in the Senate when Congress passed the most-recent four-year extension of the law. I believed then and am even more convinced today that the law gave the government far too much power to spy on Americans and that it provided too little oversight or disclosure.


 

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It is a sad day in America when a socialist has to condemn a practice that is inconsistent with the Constitution and the work of Republicans - all of whom think they supported American values.
 
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It is a sad day in America when a socialist has to condemn a practice that is inconsistent with the Constitution and the work of Republicans - all of whom think they supported American values.
It's time to put someone in that's responsible, the patriot act was signed in by both parties, no way they could have read it and comprehended it in a WEEK!

The Patriot Act is a more than 300-page document passed by the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, just weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

Following a lack of Congressional approval, parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1, 2015. With passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, 2015, the expired parts were restored and renewed through 2019.

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It's time to put someone in that's responsible, the patriot act was signed in by both parties, no way they could have read it and comprehended it in a WEEK!

The Patriot Act is a more than 300-page document passed by the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, just weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

Following a lack of Congressional approval, parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1, 2015. With passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, 2015, the expired parts were restored and renewed through 2019.

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Actually, the so - called "Patriot Act" was introduced by a man who became a Tea Party Republican. It was 42 days from the introduction of that bill to its passage. You're right. There was NO way in that span of time that bill could be drafted, researched, shepardized, sent to the legislature for consideration, the unconstitutional provisions culled, and then rewritten, etc. That is an impossibility.

Bear in mind that I had warned of the fact that I predicted a major terrorist attempt in 1998 would happen within 5 years. Okay. Somebody can say lucky prediction. But think about this:

My prediction was made in 1998 at a video recorded Town Hall Meeting hosted by then Congressman, John Linder. And for the record, Linder laughed it off, then asked me the wrong question. He asked why the FBI, NSA and intelligence agencies weren't doing anything about it. I then told him it would be done as a pretext to implement National ID (which was opposed by 83 percent of Americans back then.) To this date, the right refuses to acknowledge that my info was right. It just so happens I had prototypes of the then proposed fingerprint cards and was aware they intended to use post offices as registration centers.
 
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Actually, the so - called "Patriot Act" was introduced by a man who became a Tea Party Republican. It was 42 days from the introduction of that bill to its passage. You're right. There was NO way in that span of time that bill could be drafted, researched, shepardized, sent to the legislature for consideration, the unconstitutional provisions culled, and then rewritten, etc. That is an impossibility.

Bear in mind that I had warned of the fact that I predicted a major terrorist attempt in 1998 would happen within 5 years. Okay. Somebody can say lucky prediction. But think about this:

My prediction was made in 1998 at a video recorded Town Hall Meeting hosted by then Congressman, John Linder. And for the record, Linder laughed it off, then asked me the wrong question. He asked why the FBI, NSA and intelligence agencies weren't doing anything about it. I then told him it would be done as a pretext to implement National ID (which was opposed by 83 percent of Americans back then.) To this date, the right refuses to acknowledge that my info was right. It just so happens I had prototypes of the then proposed fingerprint cards and was aware they intended to use post offices as registration centers.
Actually the so called "patriot act" was first called the: Wolfowitz Doctrine is an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the 1994–99 fiscal years (dated February 18, 1992) published by US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz and his deputy Scooter Libby.





4-Star General Wesley Clark noted:


In 1991, [powerful neocon and Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz] was the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy – the number 3 position at the Pentagon. And I had gone to see him when I was a 1-Star General commanding the National Training Center.

And I said, “Mr. Secretary, you must be pretty happy with the performance of the troops in Desert Storm.”
And he said: “Yeah, but not really, because the truth is we should have gotten rid of Saddam Hussein, and we didn’t … Butone thing we did learn [from the Persian Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet client regimes – Syria, Iran, Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.”

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Actually the so called "patriot act" was first called the: Wolfowitz Doctrine is an unofficial name given to the initial version of the Defense Planning Guidance for the 1994–99 fiscal years (dated February 18, 1992) published by US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz and his deputy Scooter Libby.





4-Star General Wesley Clark noted:


In 1991, [powerful neocon and Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz] was the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy – the number 3 position at the Pentagon. And I had gone to see him when I was a 1-Star General commanding the National Training Center.



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Yep. And the politicians along with the local media thought I made it all up. You should have been in my world.
 
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Actually, the so - called "Patriot Act" was introduced by a man who became a Tea Party Republican. It was 42 days from the introduction of that bill to its passage. You're right. There was NO way in that span of time that bill could be drafted, researched, shepardized, sent to the legislature for consideration, the unconstitutional provisions culled, and then rewritten, etc. That is an impossibility.

Bear in mind that I had warned of the fact that I predicted a major terrorist attempt in 1998 would happen within 5 years. Okay. Somebody can say lucky prediction. But think about this:

My prediction was made in 1998 at a video recorded Town Hall Meeting hosted by then Congressman, John Linder. And for the record, Linder laughed it off, then asked me the wrong question. He asked why the FBI, NSA and intelligence agencies weren't doing anything about it. I then told him it would be done as a pretext to implement National ID (which was opposed by 83 percent of Americans back then.) To this date, the right refuses to acknowledge that my info was right. It just so happens I had prototypes of the then proposed fingerprint cards and was aware they intended to use post offices as registration centers.
A refugee from Vietnam wrote the Patriot Act.
 

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A refugee from Vietnam wrote the Patriot Act.
Yes, I know. I litigated it in court so I know its history. The so - called "Patriot Act" was written by a guy from Vietnam, but introduced into Congress by Tea Party Republican, Rep. James Sensenbrenner. Sensenbrenner also introduced the National ID / REAL Act. That Orwellian mindset has infected the right to the point that they advocate for the ultimate POLICE STATE.

It continues in hilarity however. Bernie Sanders adopts one of the founders First Principles as the Tea Party Republicans seek to be the henchmen for National Socialism. Socialism v. National Socialism... you can't make this stuff up.