Democrat Senator Trying to Rescue Us from Republican Spy-Lovers

Democrat Senator Ron Wyden promises to filibuster the Republican attempt to renew Patriot Act with NSA surveillance. God bless him!

There’s no other way for a Conservative Christian to pray: May God defeat the Republicans and bless Ron Wyden, Democrat, as he tries his best to give us back a piece of our Constitutional republic and our Fourth Amendment.

From the Hill: “Spy critic pledges to filibuster rubber-stamp Patriot Act.”

Sen. Ron Wyden is increasing his opposition to Senate Republicans’ insistence on a “clean” renewal of Patriot Act provisions set to expire at the end of the month.

The Oregon Democrat and frequent spy critic said on Sunday that he would filibuster GOP leaders’ attempt to renew the law at the root of controversial National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, unless it contains significant reforms. 

“If for example, they decide to go with some sort of short-term extension of this flawed law, I intend to filibuster that on the floor of the Senate unless there are major reforms like getting rid of the bulk phone records collection program,” he said on MSNBC on Sunday. 

“The question will be, as you know, the Senate Republican leadership has been looking at a variety of ways to move forward to keep the bulk phone records collection program going,” added Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “What usually happens is they say, ‘Let’s just have a short-term extension of it.’”

“I’m tired of extending a bad law.”

This week, lawmakers in the House are expected to easily pass legislation that would end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records while also renewing the three expiring Patriot Act provisions.

The Senate has been split on the matter, however, and the path forward in the upper chamber remains unclear. While leaders including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) say that reforming the law would handcuff Americans fighting terrorists, critics say that it is an invasion of privacy and does nothing to protect the nation.

It doesn’t matter what the consequences would be, you’re not allowed to spy on people without a warrant. Frankly, I would like it better if the entire Patriot Act was permitted to expire. The whole reason it had an expiration tag placed on it, even before we learned of the NSA’s secret interpretation of the law to give them license to spy, was because Congress felt it was an extreme measure for the United States.

When do we get to stop spending all that money on restricting the freedoms of Americans?

Yes, I remember 9/11. I watched on TV. Not only do I remember the death and destruction that rained down on us, but I remember that not one “civil servant,” bureaucrat, or military office-holder lost a day’s pay over all the breaches of security that took place. And we weren’t even permitted to read the full investigation into who was responsible. But, while neglecting those things, the government was quite quick to give itself more money and more powers “to keep us safe.”

Every government failure is a gift that keeps on giving to that same government.

So no, I don’t see any reason to continue the Patriot Act. In fact, I believe the only real reason is that we are now funding a new layer of government largesse and those people are lobbying Congress to keep us feeding them with our substance.

By the way, Rand Paul has also promised to filibuster. He is quoted by the New Hampshire Times-Union as saying, “We will be filibustering.” Some have treated that as a promise that he will do it himself but I wonder if he and Wyden are working together. As the Hill points out:

A filibuster from Wyden — which would likely be cheered by other NSA critics such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — only makes that path more difficult for GOP leaders. With enough support, a filibuster from Wyden or other lawmakers could push the Senate up to the brink of its end-of-the-month deadline and raise the prospect that the law expires entirely.

Please, God, have mercy on our nation (despite our sins!) and let them succeed. Preferably, let the Congress get paralyzed so that “the law expires entirely.”

Amen.