The “USA Freedom Act” was voted into being yesterday, replacing the expired “Section 215” passage of the Patriot Act and ushering in a new era of domestic spying and data collection. Some view this as a step forward. We here at Lions of Liberty do not.
After surveying a few choice opinions, and spurred on by this truly idiotic Tweet from Rep. Peter King…
Today’s Senate NSA vote is a victory for America, for freedom over ignorance and defeat for ISIS, Edward Snowden & Rand Paul
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) June 2, 2015
…I decided to take a stroll through the Twittersphere and grab some “USA Freedom Act” tweets, fresh off the presses to see who else had some extra vitriol, a complete lack of understanding or overt joy over the passage of this tumor on liberty. First, some Representatives in the Senate, Congress and above, beginning with those who were big, big fans, and starting with @POTUS himself.
Glad the Senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act. It protects civil liberties and our national security. I’ll sign it as soon as I get it.
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 2, 2015
Glad you’re eager to cement yourself in as one of the most culpable aggressors against the 4th Amendment in American history, Barack.
Passage of USA Freedom is the most significant victory for Americans’ privacy rights in more than a decade
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 2, 2015
Was that before or after Rand Paul’s filibuster forced the bulk spying provisions in the Patriot Act to expire? Because that was actually a far bigger victory for our privacies. Of course that was before you rubber stamped this watered down but still horrible new spy-friendly fare. What’s absurd is that Wyden was a Paul ally in killing Section 215, and just co-authored 9 amendments with him that need to be made to this act to actually help it reign in spying, yet still hails the UFA as a victory. Bizarre.
Moving on to another Rand Paul ally, Senator Mike Lee:
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) June 2, 2015
Is he talking about the same 4th Amendment that I’m talking about? Because that one protects us from unreasonable search and seizure and requires probable cause. The USA Freedom Act (UFA) still doesn’t really help with any of that.
Nancy, what did you think?
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 2, 2015
Guess Nancy really wanted to keep the Patriot Act and the un-refined NSA spying abilities in place this whole time. How progressive!
Let’s check in with those who opposed the UFA, but for all the wrong reasons. What about the Senate Majority Leader?
“I cannot support passage of the so called USA Freedom Act.” http://t.co/osS9YjVweW
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 2, 2015
The link informs us that it was because it “watered down” the NSA’s “counter terrorism tools.” Those same tools that were proven to provide absolutely no valuable intel and prevent nothing. Sound logic.
New Age Neocon Tommy Cotton was riding Mitch’s coattails.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 2, 2015
Again, no, it absolutely did not. This is depressing, let’s switch to those who were against the UFA for the right reasons.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin also opposed the legislation, citing it’s shortcomings.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) June 2, 2015
Way to slang it T Money.
Naturally, Justin Amash opposed the UFA, and also responded to Rep. Peter King in a delightfully trollish fashion.
Lulz. Wut? https://t.co/hyTPtcoflv
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 2, 2015
Now, let’s get to some of the most important Tweets, from the most important people – one of which could be your President in 2016.
In a perfect segway, socialist goofball, economic neophyte and presidential candidate Rep. Bernie Sanders expressed his opposition to domestic spying and the NSA – one of the few things he and I see eye to eye on. He posted the Tweet below along with a statement that he would vote against the UFA.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 2, 2015
Lindsay Graham’s not a fan.
The USA Freedom Act compromises our privacy and our national security. I would have voted ‘No.’
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) June 2, 2015
Frankly, I’m not sure what Graham would want. He says he’s for pulling back the NSA’s spying abilities, and this doesn’t go far enough. That’s good – again, one of the few points on which I agree with Lindsay, just like with Bernie. But how does this further compromise our national security, and why are you upset by it? He seems to be at odds with his own opinions, no?
We can skip Rand Paul, as we all know his positions, so let’s check in on some of the others. Hillary: thoughts?
Aaron (and his grandpa) for Hillary. pic.twitter.com/R6dJqEaxrM
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 2, 2015
Hmm…ok, nothing pertinent from Hillary, who hasn’t spoken with the press or addressed any major issues in any way since the Clinton Foundation scandal broke. Seems like she’d make a dynamite prez…just the best.
How about the Huckster?
I will stand with our friend and ally Israel in our shared fight against Radical Islam. Learn more at http://t.co/CzO3HPk3G1
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 2, 2015
Not really what anyone was talking about today, Mike. Huck also made no other mention of it on Twitter. Rick Santorum won’t let us down though, right?
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) June 2, 2015
I’m sure his wife is beyond thrilled! Maybe he spelled out his thoughts on the USA Freedom Act and domestic spying in icing on the cake he got her. Here’s hoping she tells the rest of us! At least Santorum’s Advocate is a fan of the new bill.
Whew! Freedom is BAAAACCCKKKK!!! USA FREEDOM ACT! I can finally stop hiding now that we’re safe again. #USAUSAUSA
— Santorum’s Advocate (@Advocate4Santo) June 2, 2015
Let’s head to Texas Ted for his hot take:
Tom Brady was framed. And I have it on good authority that Hillary did it. Why do you think she deleted her emails? http://t.co/XLEv3uzwUk
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 2, 2015
Vital opinion on such an important issue of the day.
I hate to do it, but does anyone else here have an opinion on this that’s running for President? Anyone? Oh no. Oh, please no…fine, Jeb…what do you want to say?
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 1, 2015
As we all know, even the Patriot Act didn’t go far enough in Jeb’s opinion, and Obama should have defended NSA spying more. “A colonoscopy camera in every colon!” will be Jeb Bush’s campaign slogan for 2016.
There’s your UFA Twitter wrap up – potential updates to come as others weigh in, and feel free to add more in the comments or over at our Facebook Group: The Lions of Liberty Forum!
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