In a historical commentary report today, CNN marked the 10-year anniversary of the shredding of the Constitution by President George W. Bush signing the USA PATRIOT ACT that empowered the government to target innocent people by removing civil and human rights once protected by the United States Constitution. CNN’s commentary calls on the U.S. Congress to have courage to reverse the un-American PATRIOT ACT that does the opposite of defending America’s moral character, a call that the Bill Of Rights Defense Committee and innocent Targeted Individuals have been making for ten years.
“Ten years ago this month, I stood on the U.S. Senate floor as our nation’s leaders debated the first major anti-terrorism legislation after the tragic attacks of September 11. This legislation, which quickly passed Congress and became law, would allow the federal government, for the first time, to easily spy and collect data on innocent Americans,” reported Farhana Khera on CNN today.
“This law, the poorly named USA Patriot Act, and subsequent expansions of federal law enforcement power, would erode America’s freedoms and waste precious resources. Patriotism is about defending America’s moral character and celebrating what makes this country great. Unfortunately, this bad law did the exact opposite.”
“A stroke of his pen changed the course of history in America,” stated Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) on Wednesday.
Justified by the then new and never-ending “war on terror,” ten years ago today, George W. Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
“By signing that law, President Bush shredded the constitutional rights that had defined our nation for more than two centuries,” Buttar said.
The law was based on a Conspiracy Fact, not a ‘theory,’ that the official 911 Commission faked and now rejects its own report. Since then, as CNN’s commentary states, in the “war on terror,” “the FBI has increasingly focused its powers on law-abiding citizens, not based on criminal behavior, but based on race, ethnicity and religious or political beliefs.”
American philosopher, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and advocate of 9/11 conspiracy facts, Dr. Jim Fetzer has written, “The ‘war on terror’ has been justified by 9/11, by religious and moral arguments, and by political persuasion.”
Dr. Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at University of Minnesota Duluth and author numerous publications and books, is founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, a non-partisan association of faculty, students, and scholars in various science fields dedicated to exposing falsehoods and revealing truths behind 9/11. (See: 9/11 Scholars YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/911scholars) The organization’s first book, The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007) and DVD, The Science and Politics of 9/11 (2007), provide evidence of a conspiracy and cover-up designed and executed to manipulate Americans “into supporting illegal wars and unConstitutional measures out of the fear those atrocities induced.”
Kher wrote, “The report, ‘Losing Liberty: The State of Freedom Ten Years After the Patriot Act’ found, and the ACLU has also reported, that the FBI targeted entire communities, specifically Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Middle Easterners, sowing fear and mistrust among all Americans.”
Oppression in the United States grows stronger; persecution of innocent Targeted Individuals is intensifying. Buttar wrote today, “In the decade since, our government has continued to chip away at the protections contained in the Bill of Rights, repeatedly reauthorizing and expanding the PATRIOT Act’s dangerous powers—as recently as this spring—while also launching new and more troubling surveillance and profiling programs.”
“We at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have been organizing against the USA PATRIOT Act from the beginning. Just weeks after the law went into effect, we began a campaign against it, leading a nationwide effort that supported local resolutions defending the Bill of Rights in more than 400 cities and towns, plus eight states, throughout the country. And we’re continuing that effort today, supporting dozens of local coalitions working toward enforceable civil liberties and civil rights protections in cities from Hartford to Chicago to San Francisco.
According to CNN’s Op-ed by Khera, the BORDC’s work is needed more today than ten years ago when the USA PATRIOT ACT was signed.
“So where are we 10 years later?” asks Khera. “Today, the FBI can show up at your work, unannounced, to interrogate you about an article on political events you post on Facebook, or seize information about your phone calls, e-mails, internet activity and medical and banking records — all without a shred of evidence that you’ve engaged in criminal activity.
“Government agents can stop and interrogate you at the border as you seek to re-enter the United States, asking questions like “Do you pray?” “What mosque do you attend?” or “Why did you convert?” Donating $100 to a charity to help the needy can lead to questions simply because it is a Muslim-run charity.”
Think it couldn’t happen to you? That’s what every Targeted Individual thought once upon a time. But then the unexpected persecution happens and life never returns as it had been.
Millions of innocent American citizens are illegally covertly watched and are under shocking human rights violation attacks enabled by the USA PATRIOT ACT’s illegal surveillance component that some targeted call a “government-mob program” and that government calls “state secrets.”
In this post-911 era, the USA PATRIOT ACT has even made cell phones a tracking weapon.
Illegal surveillance is not passive watching as commonly mistaken. (See Paul Baird, Surveillance Issues, www.surveillanceissues.com) The terms “illegal spying”, “surveillance” and “invasion of privacy” are smokescreens for the program, tools and treatment the PATRIOT ACT enables to target whistleblowers and other people indiscriminately. (“Shocking state secret: PATRIOT ACT illegal spy domestic terror campaign against Whistleblowing TIs”)
Think only high-profile people are targeted? Another myth, as highlighted by CNN Wednesday.
“Journalists, professors, and anti-war activists have been targeted for surveillance, questioning and sometimes investigations by law enforcement based on their speech or political beliefs and activities,” reported CNN on this ten-year mark.
Islamophobia was introduced along with the USA PATRIOT ACT so that ten years later, “it is difficult to find an American Muslim who has not had one of these encounters with law enforcement, or knows someone who has,” writes Khera.
CNN‘s editor noted that Khera is president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization and that “Muslim Advocates’ recently released report, ‘Losing Liberty: The State of Freedom Ten Years After the Patriot Act,’ recommends steps Congress and the executive branch can take to keep us safe and protect the rights of all Americans.”
Make no mistake. It is “not just the Muslim community,” Khera wrote for CNN.
“Little is publicly known about the full scope of the FBI’s activities. Much of it is shrouded in secrecy. But we do know that, according to one former senior FBI counterterrorism official, the FBI conducted nearly 500,000 interviews of Muslim and Arab males from 2001-2005, and not a single one of those interviews led to information that would have allowed the government to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks. Think about that: For every hour an agent spent talking to someone who had nothing to do with terrorism, that was one hour less spent tracking down a real threat, in this case at least 500,000 hours in four years alone not spent on actual criminals.
“We also know that the FBI has trained its agents that growing a beard, frequently attending a mosque or wearing traditional Muslim attire reveal extremism. This ignores that the 19 hijackers never grew beards or wore traditional Muslim attire while in the United States and that certain individuals, such as Faisal Shahzad and Colleen LaRose, never frequented a mosque.
Although the views expressed on the CNN site are noted as those of Khera and not necessarily those of CNN, by allowing those views to be printed, CNN has helped defend innocent Targeted Individuals. “The FBI should be focused on evidence of criminal activity, not targeting law-abiding Americans,” it reported.
Countless innocent Targeted Individuals, many with university degrees including graduate and post-grauate degrees, have sent their accounts to mainstream news in hopes of seeing them in print — to no avail.
“On this 10-year anniversary of the Patriot Act, it is time for Congress to act with courage. Congress should amend the law to require law enforcement to focus on actual threats, and should conduct a full public accounting of the use of the Patriot Act and all federal surveillance powers that target Americans based on their race, faith or political ideology.”
“This is not the America our founders envisioned, and certainly not the beacon of liberty our nation aspires to be. America is at its best when we overcome fear and face our challenges together as one people, one nation.”