13-years post 9/11: The PATRIOT Act and lessons learned

By Stephanie Sledge | The Government Rag

13 years have come to pass since the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Americans have been left with an ‘official report’ and unanswered questions. Post 9/11 legislation has had enormous consequences for this country.

One of the biggest post 9/11 deceptions awaiting Americans following the tragedy of the attacks on the World Trade Centers was the PATRIOT ACT (an act of Congress) signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush. The act expands and gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies the power to search business and homes and to obtain any records without any knowledge or consent. Recently, the act has come under fire when Edward Snowden, former CIA employee and NSA contractor, exposed secret documents of how the NSA collects telephone records of virtually all Americans under the power of the Patriot Act.

At the time the Patriot Act was passed, Americans were still heavily grieving the deaths of over 3000 people, while continuing to beLIEve the official mainstream media story. At the time, Americans were told it was absolutely necessary to give law enforcement authorities and federal intelligence essential tools they would need in the war on terror.

Over the past 13 years, the Patriot Act was renewed while the nation was preoccupied with the unfolding of the 2011 Jared Lee Loughner Safeway shooting. As the nation was focused on the political rhetoric and gun control mayhem spewing out of the mainstream media platforms, the Patriot Act was quietly renewed when President Barack Obama signed four year extension of three-key provisions of the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. This extended wiretapping, business and library record searches, and increased surveillance of ‘lone-wolf’ aka individuals suspected of terrorist activities which may or may-not be related to terrorists groups. A new meaning to domestic terrorism was spawned from 9/11.

There are lessons to be learned in the past 13 years. Putting aside all the 9/11 lies and cover-ups that are in plain site, the Patriot Act was the official act achieved that continues to destroy this nation on a day-to-day basis. The more disturbing aspect of this act lies in the hearts of the American People. Some are finding out more truths about what really happened that day, while others turn their backs, put their head in the sand, and continue to beLIEve the officially presented evidence and story. Marketing campaigns have continued to give reasons to support the Patriot Act. It is all for our Safety and Security…

LESSONS LEARNED

The Patriot Act has and continues to have severe repercussions on our great Republic. The Patriot Act has given the police state beefed up powers to combat terrorism. Surveillance procedures have been dramatically skewed in a direction where exclusive or special powers were given to conduct unconstitutional acts against the People. These policies and procedures have grown into a state where Americans are becoming more fearful of the police given the recent police brutality and murder increases around the country. Police/Sheriff departments have steadily become more militarized post 9/11 and elite SWAT teams have been created like sleeper cells within our communities.

13 years after 9/11, more Americans are starting to question the surveillance state as well as cameras going up on the streets everywhere in our local communities. The police surveillance state, the so-called war on drugs, and the 9/11 justified war on terrorism have become hostile and Americans are now asking how the nation can begin to Deescalate the Police.

The Patriot Act redefined the definition of ‘terrorism’ and now includes crimes that were not considered terrorism before. An erosion of the Fourth Amendment took place.

The Fourth Amendment states,

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

 

THE PATRIOT ACT version of the Fourth Amendment allows the government to search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause. This is justified to assist in so-called terror investigations. This erosion of the Fourth Amendment has accelerated the ‘central state’s power’ including police activities while using the war on terrorism as an excuse to grow a hideous surveillance police-state.

Even worse, because of the Patriot Act (which turns out to not be patriotic at all) elite SWAT teams have been created and formed to include no-knock raids, which have resulted in an increase in deaths of suspects or in some cases, deaths of individuals who were victims of the police raiding the wrong addresses. How?

The PATRIOT ACT – aka the UN-Patriotic Act, has been an incredible piece of trickery to mind-control the nation into beLIEving the government is keeping us safe from the bogeyman terrorists. It has become a business model. There is money to be made from creating a real-life hell and imaginary game-like war on American soil. There is money to be made on weapons and tools government contractors can provide to assist in this UN-patriotic act. From there, the service industry profits off the repair and maintenance of these vehicles, weapons, and tools used against the American People. Then there is the distribution chain, the medical and mental health professionals, and other industries linked together in the name of safety. Drills, simulations, and world-wide terrorism military exercises have been created to further the agenda of national preparedness, fear, and heroism all mixed together in a business plan package to profit off an industry growing by leaps and bounds. A World War III has begun in the name of terrorism. Americans, who are supposed to be the Masters of their government, have allowed the fear of 9/11 to control every aspect of their lives.

The Patriot Act nationalized library records. This gave the government eavesdropping powers on patrons in libraries. In July 2014, four librarians were gagged and threatened with prison time under the Patriot Act.  In 2005, FBI agents came to Windsor, Connecticut and visited the office of the Library Connection and handed the executive director, George Christian, a document demanding he turn over all subscriber information, access logs, billing information, and computer entries between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on February 15, 2005. He was then placed under a gag order and according to PoliceStateUSA,

“The NSL prohibited the recipient “from disclosing to any person that the F.B.I. has sought or obtained access to information or records under these provisions.”  The gag order was broad enough that it was a crime to discuss the matter to any other person — for life.  The USA PATRIOT Act allows for this suppression of speech, and issues a punishment of up to 5 years in prison for anyone caught violating the endless gag order.”

This was under the justification to protect against international terrorism…

It has to be disheartening to the American People that the government can now eavesdrop on individuals in libraries. Big brother is becoming an annoyance and nuisance post 9/11. The nation should be concerned about the mental health of those that find ‘Big Brother’ comforting…

Other repercussions have been revealed over the past 13 years following the alleged terrorist’s attacks on the World Trade Centers. The Patriot Act has other decaying effects upon the rights of the American People:

–Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense

and

Amendment VI: … to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

The PATRIOT ACT allows for the desecration of Amendment VI because the government may jail Americans without trial indefinitely. Together, the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) created a new service industry.  Under the new definition created from the Patriot Act, the government may now monitor in federal prisons the conversations between clients and attorneys and can even deny Americans who are accused of crimes lawyers all together. Americans are doomed to an ever-growing global public-private prison business model. All in the name of ‘safety’ against the terrorists.

Land of the Free… Home of the Brave…

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

and

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …

However, the PATRIOT ACT eliminates Freedom of association. This is to assist in terror investigations and allows for the government to spy on and monitor religious and political institutions even if no criminal activity is suspected.

Freedom of speech has been targeted by the Patriot Act and the government may try to prosecute keepers of records, librarians, and others if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information that pertains to a terror investigation.

Finally,

Amendment VI: … to be confronted with the witnesses against him …

The Patriot Act redefines the Right to liberty. Americans may be jailed without charge or even being able to confront the witnesses against them. Americans can be labeled unlawful combatants, refused attorneys, and held incommunicado.

At Debate.org, an online open debate poll was taken and 73% of the poll takers agreed that the Patriot Act is unconstitutional. Parts of the Patriot Act have been challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional. However, this does not mean those specific parts will be ignored. Words can have significant meanings and the government used the tragedy of 9/11 to rewrite the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The real tragedy of post 9/11 in America is how Americans have forgotten what our true history has taught us about how evil and how tyrannical governments can become and eventually turn on the People. When a Sovereign nation becomes complacent and begins to trust its own created government, the system becomes corrupt and the government becomes out-of-control only to devour a Sovereign nation. How can it be America has more people in prison in the world over victimless crimes? Is it not true if there are no victims then there are no crimes?

Is the Patriot Act a way for the criminals in government to prevent an investigation that may lead to a path back to their own offices? How can the American People ever stop the evil infiltration of Communism seeping through every crack within our government branches when the government continues to play on the lies of 9/11? How many children will see a 9/11 video today pushing the official story and not encouraged to freely research 9/11 on their own? It is simple, the Patriot Act prevents children from learning the truth about 9/11. Do we want our children to grow up in a nation where everything you do and say is recorded to be used against you in the future? Do you feel safer knowing when you stop at a red light your vehicle is being photographed and databased?

It is a grim and dark vision if one can take a moment and visualize what our surveillance state will be like in five years if we continue allowing a domestic hostile takeover to continue. Can you see a nation of happiness as a prison nation builds and grows within its business plan? Is this what we want for our children’s future? Our grandchildren?

It is time to demand accountability from our representatives. How did your representative vote on the Patriot Act?

Have you researched BUILDING 7?

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN WITH THE TRUTH… DEMAND 9/11 TRUTH

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

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http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/deescalating-the-police.html#.U5OfdvldWp8

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fourth_amendment

http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/GridExII%202013.html#.VBGP5_k3uSo

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/librarians-gagged-patriot-act/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act

http://www.globalissues.org/article/458/federal-judge-rules-part-of-patriot-act-unconstitutional

http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-the-patriot-act-unconstitutional

http://rememberbuilding7.org/

This article originally appeared on The Government Rag.