For those who don’t know, the US House is planning on passing an extension to the expiring Patriot Act this week. If railroaded through (ahem…passed), the legislation would extend the Orwellian legislation through 2015.
Your Congressmen need to know that you will make sure to remove them from office in 2012 if they renew the Patriot Act.
For those who are not frightened enough by the Patriot Act, please read former CIA asset Susan Lindauer’s account of how the Patriot Act was used to send her (an American who had previously been employed by the US gov’t to FIGHT TERRORISM) to prison without a trial, jury, or even a description of her charges.
“Bottom line: truth tellers who give Americans too much insight on any number of issues are vulnerable to a vast arsenal of judicial weapons typically associated with China or Mynamar. In the Patriot Act, the government has created a powerful tool to hunt out free thinking on the left or right. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone who opposes government policy is at risk
- How do I know all this? Because I was the second non-Arab American ever indicted on the Patriot Act. My arrest defied all expectations about the law. I was no terrorist plotting to explode the Washington Monument. Quite the opposite, I had worked in anti-terrorism for almost a decade, covering Iraq and Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Malaysia at the United Nations. At the instruction of my CIA handler, I had delivered advance warnings about the 9/11 attack to the private staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Office of Counter-Terrorism in August, 2001.”