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    Tom McClintock on Fisa Reauthorization - Petition

    From Tom McClintock (R, CA)


    Dear Friend,

    As Thomas Jefferson simply, but so eloquently put it:

    “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

    There is no more perfect example than the FISA Reauthorization bill that once again stood before the House of Representatives last week and, once again, passed with a majority vote.

    The FISA bill allows the government to target foreign nationals and intercept their communications without taking sufficient precautions to discard any communications of American citizens that these efforts may unintentionally ensnare.

    In effect, this bill allows for the interception of communications of American citizens without warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment.

    Proponents try to allay our fears by telling us not worry – that “irrelevant” information will be discarded. Yet, there is a fundamental flaw with this weak excuse...

    The enforcement of this provision is, itself, shrouded in secrecy, making the potential for abuse substantial and any remedy unlikely.

    Friends, no enemy can shred our Constitution. Only we, the American people, are capable of doing that and secret courts and warrantless surveillance are simply not compatible with a free society.

    Benjamin Franklin settled the argument made by those who seek to threaten our freedoms for perceived safety when he warned that, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    Indeed, America is safest when she is a thriving free society in a world that respects her strength and fears her just wrath. Stand with me and sign the petition to protect to our Constitution and the rights it guards.
    "We live in an age where things change rather rapidly, whether politically or economically and certainly in foreign policy things change, so this whole ball game can change rather rapidly.” ― Ron Paul

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    Just when I thought this guy wasn't so great, he sends us this.

    List of Liberty-minded candidates for Congress in 2014
    Party: Libertarian (since registration) / Religion: none (Ignostic)

    “If while on your way you meet no one your equal or better, steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools.”
    ― Dhammapada, v. 61

    "Asking why there are no Libertarian countries is akin to asking why there are no Atheist Theocracies." - #AncapJackal

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    Ron at least has a segment of the GOP back on civil liberties.
    "Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesn't want to hear.” -Ron Paul

    "Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it." -Edward Snowden

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailingaway View Post
    Ron at least has a segment of the GOP back on civil liberties.
    Yes, some sense the change in the winds, and their own survival requires them to react to it
    "When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it—without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud—to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed." - Bastiat : The Law

    "nothing evil grows in alcohol" ~ @presence

    "I mean can you imagine what it would be like if firemen acted like police officers? They would only go into a burning house only if there's a 100% chance they won't get any burns. I mean, you've got to fully protect thy self first." ~ juleswin

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