As it is, Republicans, especially recently elected tea party Republicans, are left holding the bag for refusing to extend provisions of the Patriot Act that fairly distribute suspicion of terrorism to Jehovah’s Witnesses receiving overly large Watch Tower shipments.
The Patriot Act was temporarily legislated into law by the Bush administration for all the right reasons and aimed at all the wrong people, simply because the Republican-controlled House and Senate refused to acknowledge that we are at war with Muslims and only Muslims.
Hence the PC war on terror.
At its most ridiculous extreme, this new politically correct kind of warfare is why we are currently placing in harm’s way a couple hundred thousand young men and women in uniform in the Middle East, to rebuild mosques, schools and pass out humanitarian aid. Have I forgotten anything? Oh, yes, kill the enemy.
All together now. War! Huh, y’all! What is it good for? AB-SO-LUTE-LY NOTHIN’!
The United States has an immediate need for warrantless wiretaps and other surveillance of suspected enemy agents and combatants if we are to protect the country from future attacks by jihadist Muslims. While it is logical to assume that there might be another loose bolt like Timothy McVeigh in our society, extremist Muslims are the devil we know, to bastardize and old aphorism.
Questioning the Patriot Act is the patriotic duty of new members of Congress who take exception to infringement on our personal liberties. One has to question a government that called off the bombing of Tora Bora in 2001, so the enemy could celebrate their victory while Osama bin Laden rode out on his jackass.
Now a decade later we still have not killed bin Laden, destroyed al Qaeda or the Taliban, or even incinerated Afghan opium crops, a primary source of income for those organizations. Instead, the FBI has carte blanche to wiretap you and your brother-in-law Harold for owning a few assault rifles, and the TSA has given new definition to the term “statutory rape.”
Perhaps you thought that I was about to suggest a solution to the Congress’ conundrum in dealing with terrorist surveillance. I am not. There is no solution that guarantees the rights of citizens and still assures our civil liberties.
Not until we formally declare war against the radical elements of Islam that are seeking to destroy us.