Friday, July 13, 2012
Hal Rogers on Civil Liberties.
Hal Rogers has the following policy on civil liberties: “9 Patriot Act Extension “This legislation (S.990) extended for four years three provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire: the ’roving wiretap’ provision that allows the federal government to wiretap any number of a suspect’s telephone/Internet connections without specifying what they will find or how many connections will be tapped; the ‘financial records’ provision that allows the feds to seize ’any tangible thing’ that has ‘relevance’ to an investigation; and the ‘lone wolf’ provision that allows spying on non-U.S. citizens without a warrant. These provisions violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that no warrants be issued ‘but upon probable cause’ (a much higher standard than ‘relevance’), and that warrants must contain language ‘particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.’ The Patriot Act even allows the FBI to issue warrants called ‘National Security Letters’ without going to a judge, though this provision was not set to expire and therefore was not part of this legislation. The House passed the Patriot Act extension on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 250 to 153 (Roll Call 376). We have assigned pluses to the nays because the provisions that were extended as well as the Patriot Act as a whole, violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.” The New American, August 8, 2011, page 26. Hal Rogers voted for the Patriot Act Extension of May 26, 2011, Roll Call 376. The New American, August 8, 2011, page 25. Kenneth Stepp, as your Congressman, would have voted against the Patriot Act Extension of May 26, 2011, Roll Call 376, and in favor of Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution clause that which requires that no warrants be issued ‘but upon probable cause’, unlike Congressman Rogers who voted the Patriot Act Extension of May 26, 2011, Roll Call 376. Protect the United States Constitution, protect yourselves from unreasonable search and seizure, elect Stepp to the U.S. House KY-05 in November!