Ron Paul to Congress: DO NOT Extend the “PATRIOT” Act!

Ron Paul spoke on the House floor today in opposition to extending the unconstitutional “PATRIOT” Act.

After Ron Paul’s speech, the motion to suspend the rules and pass the extension of three PATRIOT Act provisions failed by a vote of 277-148. Since they were attempting to pass it on the suspension calendar, the vote would have required two thirds (290 members) of the House to agree to it. Click here for the roll call vote to see how your representative voted.

This won’t be the last we’ve heard of the PATRIOT Act renewal in the House. The Campaign for Liberty is keeping a close eye on this issue; join their website for ongoing updates.


House Member: Mr. Speaker, I’m pleased at this time to recognize the distinguished gentleman from Texas, Mr. Ron Paul, for three minutes.

Mr. Speaker: The gentleman from Texas.

Ron Paul: I thank the gentlemen. I ask unanimous consent to extend and revise my remarks. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill. I was opposed to the PATRIOT Act in 2001, and do not believe now that it’s a good idea to extend it. The 4th Amendment is rather clear, it says that we should be secure in our papers, our persons, our homes, and our effects. And that if warrants are to be issued, we have to do it with probably cause and describe in particular the places, the people and the things that we’re going to look at. And I think what has happened over the years has been that we have diluted the 4th Amendment. It was greatly diluted in 2001, but it started a lot earlier than that when the FISA law was originally written in 1978. That really introduced the notion that the 4th Amendment was relative and not absolute. And later on, it was further weakened in 1998 and then of course in 2001.

I think our reaction to the horrors of 9/11 – we can understand the concern and the fear that was developed – but I think the reaction took us in the wrong direction because the assumption was made, of course, that we weren’t spending enough money on surveillance. And even though then our intelligences agencies received $40 billion, they didn’t give us the right information. So now we’re spending $80 billion.

But it also looks like the conclusion was that the American people had too much privacy, and if we undermine the American people’s privacy, somehow or the another, we’re going to be safer. I think another thing that has come up lately has been that the purpose of government is to make us perfectly safe. Now it is good to be safe, but governments can’t make us safe. I question whether or not we have been made safer by the PATRIOT Act.

But let’s say a law makes us somewhat safer, is that a justification for the government to do anything they want? For instance, if you want to be perfectly safe from child abuse and wife beating, the government could put a camera in every one of our houses and our bedrooms and maybe there would be somebody made safer this way. But what would you be giving up?

So, perfect safety is not the purpose of government. What we want from government is to enforce the law and to protect our liberties. This, to me, has been especially since 9/11 a classical example of sacrificing liberty for safety and security. Now I didn’t invent those terms, they’ve been around for a long time and it’s easily justified. And I can understand it because I was here in 2001 when this came up and people become frightened. The American people want something done. But I think this is misdirected and it doesn’t serve our benefits.

So, I think this time we should really question why we’re extending this. We’re extending the three worst parts. Why were these sunsetted? Because people had concerns about them, they weren’t sure they were good pieces and maybe they were overkill and therefore they were saying, “We better reassess this”. So what have we done? We have already extended it twice and here we’re going to do it again with the intent, I think in a year, to reassess this. But this bill doesn’t make things worse, it doesn’t make anything better, but it does extend what I consider – and others consider – bad legislation. I ask for no vote on this legislation.

Mr. Speaker: The gentleman’s time has expired.

  • MrAvenged

    Ron Paul.. oh yeah the guy who doesn’t accept the fact of evolution.. pfft get real.


  • Albatronic12

    1 person obviously is not aware of three things: Privacy, Democracy, and me. Cuz if the government thinks they can put a camera in my house, imma have a few words to say bout tht. ****. thumbs up if you agree XD

  • Albatronic12

    1 person obviously is not aware of three things: Privacy, Democracy, and me. Cuz if the government thins they can put a camera in my house, imma have a few words to say bout tht. ****. thumbs up if you agree XD

  • FreedomIsSecurity

    i like how ron paul just ignored the speakers time expired rant at the end and whent on for a while longer and didnt care! lol

  • nuker110

    Can’t wait! I will be 18 in 2012 and I know who I will be voting for!!! 🙂 Ron Paul!

  • nursesaid

    and from what ive read these Rothschilds have a spot at there dinner table for Satan.remember JESUS said the devil was a murderer from the beginning and he cometh to kill and destroy.mix man and satan together and you get sin and death.

  • nursesaid

    as the bible says,the borrower is servant to the lender.we owe china trillions well look who is about to be our master.give me control of a nations currency and i care not who makes the laws mayer Rothschild said this.who prints American money federal reserve and who owns the fed?the Rothschilds

  • GUARDIANtrooper

    If Ron Paul is not running, everyone better run, because tyranny is coming strong. I wish I was old enough to vote, all my friends are saying if they could vote it would be for Ron Paul. This country has come to this, us youngsters are worried about our constitutional rights being taken away. It’s not about color or gender now, it’s about slavery to them and for us. The Patriot never helped and it’s going to really piss off the waiting militia groups, especially the crazy ones. God help us…):

  • filetransferSAW

    i hope republicans actually listen to him this time. he is a much better choice…a lot of people i know who vote republican usually just vote for whoever everyone else is voting for and don’t really do much research…

  • AndrewChan84

    DINNER IS SERVED! Americans are presented with a choice:
    A) Liberty: Vote for Ron Paul and uphold the Constitution
    B) Tyranny: Vote for your typical GOP and Democrat libtards and destroy America

    We’ll all know who to BLAME if and when America goes down.

  • North2016

    Michele Bachmann watched this video & hit the dislike button..

  • North2016

    Michele Bachmann watched this video & hit the dislike button..

  • GlanderBrondurg

    Way to go! At least somebody reads the constitution for a change before they cast a vote in Congress.

  • thewulfone

    I hope he gets to run in 2012. I can not wait to vote for him. he did not make it on the ballot in 2008 in my state. His son won in kentucky as a tea party candidate. Hopefully this brings Dr. Paul some good attention. Maybe more will notice him with his son in the spot light.

  • North2016

    Bachmann & 5 of her congressional Nazi – Tea Party TRAITORS, disliked this video

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  • ObowMao666

    Trump is correct in saying that RP has no chance to be president. He really does not. His ideas are mostly right on as the govt. has clearly over-reached. But RP’s will only muck up the works if he decides to run, and will guarantee Obungles 2nd term. Ron is better at pointing out the relevant facts. As prez. he’d be distracted far too much from doing what’s needed to be done, which is reducing the size and scope of govt.

  • MsWanderer1

    State and local governments violate the fourth amendment on a routine basis.

  • tahj9000

    Ron paul is our last hope. He is made out of material not seen since the Constitution was written! God help us all.

  • saintearth

    See who voted yea or nay regarding the Patriot Act. Goggle: