“Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required toIntercept and Obstruct Terrorism”
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript –“Here’s what PATRIOT stands for: Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required toIntercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. I have a question for you audience members out there driving to work or doing whatever it is that you’re doing today, whether you’re flying or creeping or slinking or walking or running. When did you become a terrorist?” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: How many of you people know what the PATRIOT Act stands for? It is an acronym. [mocking] “Man, we’s gonna kick the Mohammedans back to Xerxes II. We’re gonna follow Mike Huckabee and we’re gonna conquest the jihad.” Yeah, sure you are. Good luck with that with Preacher Huckabee. Here’s what PATRIOT stands for: Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. I have a question for you audience members out there driving to work or doing whatever it is that you’re doing today, whether you’re flying or creeping or slinking or walking or running. When did you become a terrorist? Jane Smith, who hasn’t called this show since she had her Sirius Radio, when did you become a terrorist, madam? Joe Doegan, same question. When did you become a terrorist? When did your sons and daughters become terrorists? [mocking] “Mike, what are you talking about?” Who is the PATRIOT Act used to intercept and obstruct today?
Let’s just focus in on the intercept part. Remember, “Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” If I send Mrs. Logan a text message right now, am I committing an act of terrorism? According to the PATRIOT Act, I must be. I must be one of those people that must be intercepted so that I can be obstructed from committing terrorism, as part of the acronym for the PATRIOT Act. How do I know this? Well, thanks to Edward Snowden we know this. Now, thanks to the NSA’s own admissions, we know this. Now, thanks to Congress’s own admissions, we know this.
So the PATRIOT Act thus makes terrorists out of 311 million U.S. citizens. Ponder that while you ponder that 60-foot hole in the ground right around the corner from Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, where the Articles of Confederation – which we would be well blessed to still live under the auspices of – were drafted and signed, and where the U.S. Constitution was authored and signed. Ponder that concept for just a moment, 311 million terrorists that must be intercepted. How do we know that there’s going to be an interception?
Here’s how we know, because now we have a new definition of the term FREEDOM? How many of you know what FREEDOM means? [mocking] “Mike, this is the land of the free and mobile home of the brave. E’erbody knows what freedom means, man, come on.” Here’s what FREEDOM means in 2015 according to members of Congress: Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act.
It just happens to be attached to the aforementioned PATRIOT Act. We’re not patriots any longer; we’re terrorists. In order to monitor our terrorism, we have to be intercepted and obstructed and eavesdropped upon. But don’t worry, Congress is here with a salve. They’re going to make it all better by passing this thing called the FREEDOM Act, which is going to end eavesdropping and dragnet-collection and online monitoring. The only problem is, it doesn’t end the dragnet and it doesn’t end the eavesdropping. It doesn’t end anything.
How do I know this? Here’s the headline: “Amash opposes latest USA FREEDOM Act.” Wait a minute, I thought Amash was one of the guys that was a co-signer of this and was behind it and a proponent of it. He was until he read it. Apparently reading the new definition of freedom and patriotism has scared the bejesus belt out of Representative Amash. He’s going: You guys aren’t ending anything actually. This is from Amash of Michigan’s website. By the bye, let’s just pretend for a moment that the acronym FREEDOM doesn’t mean anything other than “Freedom!” as Mel Gibson playing Braveheart’s William Wallace shouted as he was led to the execution stand at Tyburn. What would you mean that freedom meant? If you lived in the greatest, freest country in the history of great, free countries, which many of you inform the rest of us that we live in every day, why would you have to have Congress pass something called a FREEDOM Act?
I have an idea for a Freedom Act. It’s called secession. How about that? I have an idea for a Freedom Act. It’s called civil disobedience. How about that? Here’s a great idea for a Freedom Act. Maybe the entity that is menacing and classifying 311 million people as terrorists, maybe we should just end their reign of tyranny. If there was no Congress to enforce a Patriot Act, what would you need a Freedom Act for? [mocking] “We gotta protect us.” Right, that’s right. They have these Freedom Acts in New Zealand and Tazmania. They have them in Lichtenstein, Switzerland. They’ve got a Freedom Act, I bet you they do. The county of Qatar, they’ve got a Freedom Act. Everyone has Freedom Acts. They have to have them because they don’t have freedom. Only we have freedom. This is what we’re fighting for and we’re good to the core and we’re proud.
Let me ask you a question, war hawks. Is this the kind of freedom that you want to export to the jihadis in the Middle East that supposedly yearn for Jeffersonian liberty, according to George and Jeb Bush? Amash:
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the bulk telephone metadata program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act and is thus unlawful. The ruling is a big win for privacy and civil liberties advocates who have long argued that Section 215 clearly does not contemplate the type of mass collection we now know is occurring. But the win will be short-lived if H.R. 2048, the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act that’s scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives this afternoon, becomes law.
Section 215 authorizes the government to collect records and other “tangible things” that are “relevant” to a terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation. To support the bulk collection of data pertaining to millions . . .
Mike: I have a question. How come in your millions of foreign intelligence investigations you didn’t bust the two nutbags that tried to blow up the Mohammed cartoon contest. Everyone else, according to Fox News and The Blaze and everyone else, every other terrorist organization on earth supposedly knew those two clowns were in bed with ISIS. Oh, that’s right, because you were busy monitoring my chat. Again, 311 million terrorists. If you’re driving in a car right now, look in the rearview mirror. As a matter of fact, you should just go ahead and adopt your new PATRIOT Act terrorism name. Add “al” to your name. You can be Al-Paulie. I’ll be Michael Ahmed – give the NSA guys something to do. Everyone can have fun with this. Since we’re terrorists anyway, we should all have our own terrorist names, I think.
. . . To support the bulk collection of data pertaining to millions of law-abiding Americans, the government has effectively claimed that all records everywhere are potentially relevant to a current or future investigation, [Mike: Underscore that word “future,” my friends.] and thus all records are fair game for collection. In its ruling, the Second Circuit had little choice but to reject the government’s broad interpretation of “relevant,” . . . [Mike: Don’t worry, decepticons to the rescue. We’ll restore the good name and the good intentions and the good meaning of the term patriot. Nah, we’re not going to restore that.]
H.R. 2048 gives our intelligence agencies, for the first time, statutory authority to collect Americans’ data in bulk.
Mike: Are you following this? You people that elected these nincompoops, these imbeciles that call themselves conservatives, you should ask your conservative that’s going to vote for this insanity, that’s going to vote for this tyranny, for this foolishness, for this stupidity, to the insult and integrity of your very own reputation as a fine, upstanding American citizen, which I have no doubt that most of you are, except that Congress disagrees with you. The people that must sell software and hardware to the NSA – that’s what it really is at the end of the day. It’s a jobs program. Yes, they eviscerate the Fourth Amendment and do all these other things, but they do it in the name of providing make-work for people that design the computers and design the software and then sell and maintain and upgrade said software and hardware. This is from Amash’s press release on the matter.
H.R. 2048 gives our intelligence agencies, for the first time, statutory authority to collect Americans’ data in bulk. In light of the Second Circuit’s opinion that the NSA has been collecting our information in bulk without statutory authority for all this time, it would be a devastating misstep for Congress to pass a bill that codifies that bulk collection and likely ensures no future court will ever again be positioned to rule against the government for over-collecting on statutory grounds. [Mike: In other words, it is the policy, the statutory, the legal policy of the American federal government to collect all data I generate, all of it, email, phone, chat, text, you name it, all of it.]
H.R. 2048 falls woefully short of reining in the mass collection of Americans’ data, and it takes us a step in the wrong direction by specifically authorizing such collection in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. [Mike: Again, Constitution, dead, no longer in effect, no longer relevant. Here’s your proof. By the way, this is being done by “conservatives.”] Americans, and members of Congress, should demand that Congress instead pass the original, bipartisan version of the USA FREEDOM Act from 2013, which strengthened—not weakened—Section 215’s relevance standard to end bulk collection, while still allowing the government the flexibility it needs to pursue genuine threats against the United States.
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Mike: That’s Representative Amash’s press release from yesterday. Again, they’re going to erect this massive display, museum to the wonders and glory of the American Revolution right there in old downtown Philadelphia, two blocks from Independence Hall where the Constitution was passed, was written and signed, right there, right down the street from where the Declaration of Independence was passed, right down the street from where the First Continental Congress met in Carpenter’s Hall. They’re going to erect this thing. I’d like to know, one, where is the freedom that the American Revolution supposedly produced and guaranteed to every one of us. Number two, where are the patriots? Why are patriots now considered to be terrorists until proven otherwise?
Anyone that cannot see the danger of what’s going on here and the menace that this government has become, not only to the rest of the known universe with our bombs and drones and nukes and planes and all the madmen that are all too willing to push the button to use them in undeclared wars – we have a president that has a kill list. We have teenagers that are out there flying drones, that are killing people that are civilians. We’re aborting babies by the hundreds of thousands. We have all these things going on and yet we’re the shining city on the hill? Folks, the hill has been inverted. The hill is now pointing straight down towards Hades. As a matter of fact, if what’s on top of the hill is made out of metal, since it’s being roasted by the flames of El Diablo himself right now, it’s melting. It’s like the Wizard of Oz, “I’m melting!” But go ahead, go on Facebook today and promote your favorite presidential candidate because I’m sure that he’ll fix it.
Somebody asked me the other day: All right, mister smart guy, what’s your remedy? I said: My remedy is pretty simple, and that’s to go back and hit the reset button, be done with this, but be done with the idea of the concept of blobism, be done with the idea and the ridiculousness, the preposterous – look at it like this. If at the time these documents that are going to be part of this massive exhibit in old downtown Philadelphia, if at the time they were being debated and discussed, if those guys knew what would ultimately become of their work, do you think they would have ratified them? Or would they have run in horror back to King George III and begged forgiveness?
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