March 24, 2011
The US PATRIOT ACT, first passed in Oct. 2001, ushered in an era of all-out assault on our constitutional freedoms. Yet Oklahoma’s newly elected Republican Congressman, James Lankford recently voted to renew three of the worst provisions that otherwise would have expired.
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John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute describes the three provisions now extended:
The “roving wiretaps” provision allows the FBI to wiretap phones in multiple homes without having to provide the target’s name or even phone number – merely the possibility that a suspect “might” use the phone is enough to justify the wiretap.
The “lone wolf” provision allows intelligence gathering of people not suspected of being part of a foreign government or known terrorist organization.
Section 215 allows court-approved seizure of records and property in antiterrorism operations.
Congressman Lankford will hold three townhalls in the next two days at the following times and locations:
Thursday, March 24
Southern Oaks Library
6900 South Walker Ave
Capitol Hill Library
334 SW 26th St
Friday, March 25
4400 SE 9th