THE CONSTITUTION IS DEAD
By Al Duncan
June 10, 2011
On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law. On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a 4-year extension of this law. USA PATRIOT is an acronym that stands for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act.” This Patriot Act has been used to supersede the rights afforded citizens by the U.S. Constitution.
The House passed the 342-page Patriot Act—supposedly written within six weeks after September 11, 2001 (9/11)—by 357 to 66 and the Senate by 98 to 1. The 67 members that voted against this treasons Act remained faithful to their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
However, it is not just the 455 treasonous representatives responsible for the replacement of our Constitutional rights by the implementation of the Patriot Act; it is also those who abstained from voting against it, since silence is consent. Responsibility also falls upon those who voted these representatives into office, since it is the American people that gave each representative of the House and Senate the power to vote on their behalf.
The Patriot Act removes restrictions on law enforcement agencies to intrude into our privacy. They can detain an American citizen indefinitely. Jose Padilla was held for almost a decade  and was never charged with an offense even remotely close to terrorism. Untrained, non-law enforcement agents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  can gawk at your naked image and grope our private parts with no probable cause. They can secretly arrest us and hold us indefinitely with no due process of law, without charging us with a crime, without telling our families or allowing us legal counsel. They can search our home or our business without our permission or our knowledge. The Patriot Act allows the FBI to break-in to our homes, search our personal effects and confiscate our personal property without informing us that they have done so. They can search our phone, library, email, financial, business, medical and personal records without a court order. The Patriot Act also added the term domestic terrorism to the definition of terrorism. This new addition further expands the powers of law enforcement agencies against American citizens that considers them to be enemy combatants or enemies of the state; they can be hunted down and killed.