I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
The Patriot Act just passed in the House. According to CNN:
By a 251-174 vote Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to renew 16 of the act’s provisions that were set to expire at year’s end. The bill now heads back to the Senate, where a fiercer battle is expected.
According to Bush:
“The Patriot Act is essential to fighting the war on terror and preventing our enemies from striking America again,” President Bush said in a statement praising the House vote.
According to me:
The key terror we have to fear is from Washington. The enemies who just struck America are listed below by name:
Aderholt, Akin, Alexander, Andrews, Bachus, Baker, Barrett (SC), Barrow, Barton (TX), Bass, Bean, Beauprez, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (GA), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Boren, Boswell, Boustany, Boyd, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, Ginny, Burgess, Burton (IN), Buyer, Calvert, Camp (MI), Campbell (CA), Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Cardin, Carnahan, Carter, Case, Castle, Chabot, Chandler, Chocola, Coble, Cole (OK), Conaway, Cooper, Costa, Cramer, Crenshaw, Cubin, Cuellar, Culberson, Davis (AL), Davis (FL), Davis (KY), Davis (TN), Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, Dent, Diaz-Balart, L., Doolittle, Drake, Dreier, Edwards, Emanuel, Emerson, English (PA), Etheridge, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Flake, Foley, Forbes, Fortenberry, Fossella, Foxx, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gingrey, Gohmert, Goode, Goodlatte, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Gutknecht, Hall, Harman, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Herseth, Higgins, Hobson, Hoekstra, Holden, Hostettler, Hoyer, Hulshof, Hunter, Inglis (SC), Issa, Istook, Jenkins, Jindal, Johnson (CT), Johnson, Sam, Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kirk, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, Kuhl (NY), LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, Lipinski, LoBiondo, Lungren, Daniel E., Marchant, Marshall, McCarthy, McCaul (TX), McCotter, McCrery, McHenry, McHugh, McIntyre, McKeon, McMorris, Melancon, Mica, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Miller (NC), Miller, Gary, Moore (KS), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Neugebauer, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Oxley, Pearce, Pence, Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Pomeroy, Porter, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Reichert, Renzi, Reyes, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Ross, Rothman, Royce, Ruppersberger, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schiff, Schmidt, Schwartz (PA), Schwarz (MI), Scott (GA), Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shaw, Shays, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simmons, Simpson, Skelton, Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Sodrel, Souder, Spratt, Stearns, Sullivan, Tancredo, Taylor (MS), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Turner, Upton, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Westmoreland, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (FL)
Update by Stephen VanDyke: I had to clean up that list… it was a tad unweildy and made my scroll finger hurt with carpal tunnel. So anyways, not only do we get more happy Patriot Act extension goodness, we are also getting some fantabulous drug war crap loaded in the new deal:
* Sec. 122. Prohibition of narco-terrorism.
* Sec. 221. Elimination of procedures applicable only to certain Controlled Substances Act cases. (Death Penalty)
* Sec. 410. Uniform procedures for criminal forfeiture.
* TITLE VII–COMBAT METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC ACT OF 2005 (Sections 701-756)
Need it be said that it wasn’t potheads who hijacked and crashed planes into the WTC?
Update by SoL: The powers that be want to erect permanent barriers against our rights? I say we go back to our roots and start erecting some . The Sons of Liberty are itching for a 230-year reunion.