18 votes against the reformless reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act weren’t enough to stop the legislation from moving forward in the Senate, but the 13 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 1 Independent who made a stand to halt the reauthorization process on May 26 2011
If we are going to get a serious inquiry into the FBI’s invention of terrorist conspiracy stories in order to spy against Americans, we’re most likely to get that inquiry started by Representative Nadler, Senator Leahy or Senator Feingold. The remaining congressional Democratic leaders don’t seem to care enough about the integrity of Americans’ constitutional freedoms to raise a peep of opposition to the FBI abuses.
Only when we build awareness of the importance of awareness will we become aware of the risks of not being aware.
The Division of Homeland Security and Intelligence of the Maryland State Police have been caught infiltrating an activist groups peacefully and legally organizing against the death penalty and for world peace, even sending undercover agents to spy on meetings that included a United States Senator.