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Chellie Pingree, a Welcome Anti-Schwartz on the Patriot Act

A few weeks ago I shared with you a letter Rep. Allyson Schwartz wrote to a Pennsylvanian in her district regarding the Patriot Act. Mostly empty of content and otherwise incorrect, it’s the sort of communication that gives constituents a fed up, exasperated, not-gonna-vote-for-you-again kind of feeling.

I’d like to share with you the text […]

61% of Transparency Caucus Votes Against Transparency

In the spring of 2010, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois strode up to the microphones, posed for the cameras, and declared the formation of a new voluntary organization for members of the House of Representatives, the Congressional Transparency Caucus. In his call for colleagues to join the Transparency Caucus, Quigley called for the government to […]

Roll Call Accountability Time: Tea Party Senators and the Patriot Act (Feb. 2011)

15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made a public stand against the intrusiveness of “big government” and […]

Slick Surprise Senate Roll Call: Senate Passes Patriot Act 86-12 on 2/15

Boom. Just like that, with hardly any notice at all and no significant public debate, the U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act by a margin of 86-12. Patriot Act powers, which are almost always used for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism, permit surveillance, search and seizure without probable […]

Tea Party Roll Call Voting Record on Final Passage of the Patriot Act, 2-14-2011

On February 14, after a series of initial votes, members of the Tea Party in Congress had one last chance to reject Big Government surveillance programs, searches and seizures without probable cause — practices forbidden by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution they swore to uphold.

Tea Party members of Congress are identified here from […]

Next Patriot Act Reauthorization Vote: 2/14/2011. Make a Call Today.

Get FISA Right tips us off that the House of Representatives will be voting on final passage of H.R. 514 this Monday. That’s tomorrow, folks. H.R. 514 is the bill that reauthorizes core provisions of the Patriot Act. While the government tells us that the Patriot Act is all about catching rascally terrorists, only one […]

How did “Tea Party” Members Endorsed by FreedomWorks Vote on the Patriot Act 2-8-11?

The Patriot Act is a nearly ten-year old law that permits searches and seizures to be carried out on American soil without the warrants establishing probable cause required by the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Patriot Act powers have been used to spy on law-abiding political activist groups exercising their 1st Amendment constitutional rights […]

“Liberal” Blogs Hushing Up on the Patriot Act (When they Should Be Loudest)

True as of right now:

# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Daily Kos: Zero # of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of the Huffington Post: Zero # of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Eschaton: Zero # of mentions of the […]

Tea Party Express Endorsed Them. How Did they Vote on the Patriot Act 2-8-11?

Yesterday, we noted for the record how many members of the Tea Party Caucus voted for and against H.R. 514 (reauthorization of the Patriot Act) on February 8, 2011. The outcome was not favorable for an organization claiming to represent a Tea Party movement that is concerned about upholding the Constitution: 38 members of Congress […]

For the Record: Tea Party Caucus Votes for and against the Patriot Act, Feb. 8 2011

Self-appointed congressional heads of the Tea Party movement are fond of declaring it their mission to protect the U.S. Constitution and fight back against the onslaught of Big Government.

Those are words. When push came to shove on February 8, 2011, what did members of the Tea Party Caucus actually do when asked to reauthorize […]

Full Text of Dennis Kucinich’s Speech Against the Patriot Act, 2/8/11

While some politicians whose names rhyme with “a sock-a-rama” have made big promises to reform the Patriot Act only to break those promises later, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has remained firmly set in word and practice against the Patriot Act in its nearly ten years, speaking out against it and most importantly voting against […]