A laughable contention if it were not such a craven lie. If no civil liberties were affected, we did not need the NSA mass data collection nor the Patriot Act nor the changes to broaden FISA.
Every time probable cause or a warrant is not applied before a search, our civil liberties / protections are damaged. The 100 mile border zone is a 99 mile wide violation of our civil protections. The use of any mass collected data such as cell meta data or cameras that record faces or licence plates is a violation. Every time established rules about older technologies like telephones are ignored and operationally assumed to be invalid for new technologies like email and cell phones our liberties are reduced.
Jeb has declared himself to be the Big Brother Candidate. Who wants to vote for that? Not I.
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 surveillance law signed by his brother, while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
“There’s not a shred of evidence that anybody’s civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred,” the former Florida governor said after a breakfast hosted by the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
LinkLet’s see what the ACLU has to say.
Some of these policies, such as torture and extraordinary rendition, are no longer officially condoned. But most other policies—indefinite detention, targeted killing, trial by military commissions, warrantless surveillance, and racial, religious, and other forms of profiling—remain core elements of U.S. national security strategy today.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
More than 100 prisoners in Guant�namo have never been charged with a crime.
Not one victim of the Bush-era torture program has had a day in court.
Hundreds of millions
The government is regularly tracking the calls of hundreds of millions of Americans.