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My fellow Americans lend me your ears All around you is our omnipresent leader guide shepherd and keeper Big Government Under the auspices of rooting out terrorism the United States government has passed into law the USAPatriot Act which is the first step in ultimately alienating our god-given inalienable rights Jefferson is rolling over in his grave The USAPatriot Act an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism is 362 pages of hastily written imperialistic legislation It was passed overwhelmingly 98-1 in the Senate and 362-43 in the House Sadly according to several key Senators aides as pointed out in the November 5th 2001 Newsweek most Senators read only the preamble and title before assuming that with the name Patriot it must be good for the people Bush signed the Patriot Act into law on October 26th 2001 a date which may live in infamy In 1980 a well known liberal author Bertram Gross wrote in his book Friendly Fascism that fascism in the traditional sense could creep into America--not with officially banning political parties Nuremburg rallies or abrogating constitution but with the same nationalist fervor that swept Fascist Italy Communist Russia and Nazi Germany Legislation like the Patriot Act its sister the Homeland Security Act and other government actions are certainly opening the door for fascism with a friendly face George Washington once said Guard against untrue patriotism We certainly saw a marked rise of patriotism two years ago true or untrue remains to be seen Within its lengthy text the Patriot act hides several key facts In short however it gives new powers to federal police agencies such as the CIA FBI and the ATF Now with reason of suspicion and reason of suspicion alone any federal officer can enter any home or business without warrant search the premises and seize any property--all without knowledge of the owner No subpoena is
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