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IRONY: SEN. RAND PAUL picks NCIS NIGHT for his FILIBUSTER

It’s too bad that the ratings probably won’t show it but I am glad Senator Rand Paul picked NCIS night for his filibuster of the USA Patriot Act.  Maybe a few curious persons drifted away to hear the truth.

Tuesday night is the continuing celebration of the police and surveillance state on CBS.  From 8 to 9 we have NCIS, where the Leroy Jethro Gibbs team is not above breaking a few constitutional provisions and court decisions (One approximate example:  “You want a lawyer!  Well, to Gitmo you go!”) as they catch BAD guys (and a few gals, too).  Then from 9-10 we have a similar show set in New Orleans (NCIS-New Orleans – I admit I have not followed it nearly so much as the Gibbs gang so I do not have certain proof they are as bad as NCIS or NCIS Los Angeles) and then from 10 to 11 pm we have Person of Interest, that creepy show of a surveillance state and how it can work for “good”.  NCIS/Person of Interest is what we’re liable to have if Lindsey Graham is elected President.

These shows teach the American people that you can trust us with power and that endless cameras and surveillance is good for you.

Senator Paul is fighting that Orwellian nightmare.  I thought one of his best points about 9 PM or so was how foreign telecom and communications companies are trying to avoid any exposure to the United States:  Laying their own cable from Portugal to Brazil for example.  Setting up servers in places like Hong Kong.  This is so they are not subject to US law.

I would have liked to send Paul an idea or two to speak on.  One, on how the majority of the USA Patriot Act deals not with surveillance but rather money laundering and financial issues.  (Paul did touch on financial crimes briefly during the filibuster when he warned the American people that the searches under 702 of FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] designed and approved to catch a foreign person draw into its net tax evaders and drug dealers in the USA.  Of course the solution is simple:  Any evidence collected on a US person in this search cannot be used in any US court, Federal or state, for any non-terrorism or espionage related crime unless there is a clear conspiracy between the US and foreign persons to violate the terrorism or espionage acts the foreign person is suspected of committing.)  Second, speak to why this is critical:  With today’s technology, we only get one chance to lose our liberties.  Once gone, we can’t get them back:  We’ll all be Persons of Extreme Interest…

It’s good that Senator Paul chose Tuesday night and I am sorry he did not speak longer.  I am also hopeful that tonight’s filibuster will delay the secret trade deal, too.  Tell your representative or senator:  NO on secret unconstitutional sovereignty-killing trade deals.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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