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Which Senate Democrats Voted for the Patriot Act? (Final Roll Call, May 26 2011)

Just before dinner on the night of May 26 2011, the United States Senate voted 72-23 to preserve the most audacious government surveillance and seizure powers of the Patriot Act. Groups like No Labels and Americans Elect which judge the value of policy by the bipartisan nature of their support should be happy with the [...]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]

Fact Check: Is Barack Obama Using Jean Ludwig’s Social Security Number?

At Tea Party Brewing: A Place for Patriots, Nancy McKiernen reports the “news” breathlessly, complete with a picture of an official-looking record:

McKiernan goes on to allege that Ludwig is “presumed dead and whose death was either never reported to the SS administration or reported and deleted from the database by someone.”

Why, it’s [...]

Americans Elect Ballot Signatures Being Gathered by “Conservative” ProVote America and Allied Data Services

A series of Craigslist advertisements document that a petition gathering company associated with conservative attempts to exploit the Green Party in Texas is now gathering signatures to put Americans Elect on the presidential ballot in California.

March 28 2011:

ProVote America is a leading edge petition management group that is hiring independent contractors to collect [...]

Capitol Tea Party Rally Cheers for Unrepentant Patriot Act Republicans

Did Michele Bachmann really apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act? Unfortunately not: that was an April Fools’ Day joke. But Rep. Bachmann really did appear, along with Representatives Allen West and Mike Pence, before a crowd of about 300 assembled in Washington DC on March 31 2011.

That crowd was gathered [...]

Michele Bachmann Apologizes, Promises to Fight Patriot Act at Tea Party Event

In a stunning turnabout unanticipated by all but her closest aides, Republican Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared before a small group of 20 Tea Party activists and 15 cameramen to apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act

“The Tea Party says it stands for limited government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, [...]

Tea Party Anger at Michele Bachmann Explodes over Patriot Act Votes

Four times in just one week Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman from Minnesota and self-appointed Chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, voted in favor of the big-government surveillance, search and seizure powers of the Patriot Act. On February 8, Rep. Bachmann voted in favor of reauthorizing Patriot Act with no amendments or committee consideration allowed. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]