With bin Laden Dead, It’s Time to Restore Bill of Rights

On September 11, 2001, our nation witnessed the most devastating attack ever on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people were callously murdered by 19 madmen acting on orders from Osama bin Laden, the fanatical founder of the terrorist organization, al-Qaeda.

The cries for retribution were immediate; and then-President George W. Bush sought properly to oblige. Just three days after the attacks, he declared near Ground Zero, “[T]he people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

Unfortunately, justice did not come quickly. While some of al-Qaeda’s leaders were picked off one-by-one, bin Laden was increasingly seen as the “one who got away.” But more than nine years removed from these acts of cowardice, he has finally been brought to justice; shot dead by US Navy SEALs who raided bin Laden’s fortified estate near the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

Thankfully, at least this chapter in America’s battle with Islamic terrorism — the one titled, “Osama bin Laden” — is finished. However, the fight against terrorism itself remains very much alive; as does the process of cleaning up the mess left behind by the September 11, 2001 attacks masterminded by this man — a process that should begin by taking stock of the liberties we as Americans have lost in the past decade.

The attacks on our nation financed and planned by bin Laden’s organization have altered our lives dramatically; causing leaders in both major political parties (often with strong public opinion support) to stray from the values that had made us what we are. We have allowed our government to largely neuter the Fourth Amendment by way of the PATRIOT Act and warrantless wiretapping programs that empower the government to snoop on its own citizens. We are no longer able to fly without being cleared from secret “no-fly” lists, and then being subject to highly invasive pat-downs and full-body scans by TSA agents. We have spent trillions on security theater and two long and extreme costly wars fought in the name of the war on terrorism.

Praise is deserved for bringing bin Laden to justice. But, far more important, it is time to start restoring the liberties that have been taken from us in the aftermath of 9/11.

Supporting repeal of those provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of this month — provisions not essential to investigating and thwarting terrorist plots or acts — would be an important signal that this President, unlike his predecessor, understands that those civil liberties put on hold the past 9-1/2 years, must not be considered permanently frozen

By Bob Barr — The Barr Code

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hbro

May 4th, 2011
11:49 pm

No! Islam is not at war with us.
There are a billion and a half Muslims who are not at war with anyone.
A vast majority suscribe to a highly moral and peaceful version of Islam.
If you want to join in what George Bush called a Crusade, (Yes he did. It was covered up but those were his words), and kill or conquer all those people, you must be out of your mind.
As there are plenty of Christian fundamentalist terrorists in this country who blow up buildings and assault police and people who are not white enough, you might want to go to war against Christianity.
I’m appalled by the vast number of Americans who brag about American courage, but are so easily frightened that they gladly give away their American freedoms in the name of a pretend security.
I don’t remember the exact words from the Bible, but I was taught this from childhood.
“He gave away his son’s birthright for a bowl of soup”
If that’s you, then please quit calling yourself a patriot.

Francis

May 5th, 2011
3:44 am

“Praise is deserved for bringing bin Laden to justice”
Possibly Lynch-Justice was meant (”the assemblage of two or more persons, without color or authority of law, for the premeditated purpose and with the premeditated intent of committing an act of violence upon the person of another”). Because Justice is “the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, fairness, or equity, along with the punishment of the breach of said ethics.[2]” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice
“Osama Bin Laden has been killed nearly 10 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history.” Sandy Heierbacher wrote correct May 2nd, 2011 http://ncdd.org/5065
Less bounded with own history opinion for your interest:
5/2, Neil Macdonald, CBC (Canada), The Devil likely died happy
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/05/02/neil-macdonald-osama-bin-laden.html
5/2, Karen Greenberg, Guardian (UK), How Osama bin Laden perverted US justice
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/may/02/osama-bin-laden-justice

Barry

May 5th, 2011
6:08 am

We could probably restore the Bill of Rights IF we sealed the boarders and sent illegals packing and closely monitored people that came into this country on Visas and returned them when Visa ran out!

Not Surprised

May 5th, 2011
7:53 am

Well said Fred.
As a proud American and Democrat, I wish George Bush had gotten Bin Laden. He didn’t. Now we have another President that did. I am happy, yet I read this sewage spewing from some very un-American, childish idiots. I’m sorry but you have to get on board and “support the President”. Isn’t that what we heard time and time again from 2000-2008?

Patriot

May 5th, 2011
8:49 am

Ultil this country ceases its foreign policy of killing innocents, invading and occupying muslim countries for their oil/resources, taking sides in foreign conflicts, and stationing troops in over 900 bases all over the globe, there will always be thousands who wish to do us harm in any way possible. All the Patriot Act has done is enable the terrorists who infest this country to now terrorize us on a daily basis through unwarranted surveilance, police state tactics, airport molestations or irradiation, etc.

Yes, by all means end the Patriot Act and work to restore the Bill of Rights, but actually do something that will reduce the threat of terrorism – Bring the Troops home and close all the bases!

AntiBoortz

May 5th, 2011
8:56 am

What about the 5th Amendment, Bob? The US is still detaining persons indefinitely without charge or due process. IT DOESN’T GET ANY MORE UNAMERICAN THAN THAT!

Lachlan

May 5th, 2011
9:53 am

You guys are a bunch of monkeys if you can listen to such stupid lies and not see the manipulation of your government

Suckers

May 5th, 2011
10:30 am

A lot of the liberties that were taken from us post-9/11 could easily be returned to us if we would adopt the Israeli practice of profile-screening air passengers. Unfortunately, Americans are obsessed with the concept of “fairness,” which btw DOESN”T EXIST, so we have to pander to special interest and minority groups to strip everyone equally of their rights.

jt

May 5th, 2011
10:42 am

“Praise is deserved for bringing bin Laden to justice.”

Call me old-fashioned but “justice” is served by a legal court of law…Not by a community organizer.

Many lynch-mobs claimed that they were doing “justice”. In reality, they were only taking revenge.
The difference is what USED to seperate America from corrupt bananna republics.Now we are ALL mango men.

We shouldn’t complain when other countries,or individuals for that matter, take the law into their own hands.

This is NOT Irey Mon.

WOW

May 5th, 2011
11:28 am

“You guys are a bunch of monkeys”

Ohhhhhh, that’s racist! I’m telling!

Bob Bar the door.

May 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

The Prez has info about terrorism that we don’t have access to. The Patriot Act needs to be kept in place. The threat from Osama Bin Laden lives through his sleeper cells here in this country. It’s going to get real grim folks.

Enjoy what little time we all have left before civilization collapses.

WOW

May 5th, 2011
1:48 pm

“Enjoy what little time we all have left before civilization collapses.”

If you have vital info, the FBI would like to talk to you.

Bob Bar the door.

May 5th, 2011
3:26 pm

The vital info I have is what’s available to one and all who can deduce conclusions from the premises we already have access to. Congress held hearings about what threats are in the pipeline now, and they all concluded that it’s just a matter of time, a very short time, before we get clobbered with some sort of super weapon of mass destruction from a Bin Laden homie.

Eli Jones

May 5th, 2011
5:25 pm

“America Cannot Afford Four More Years Of Obama”

Bob Bar the door.

May 5th, 2011
5:35 pm

Without Obama as our president, this country would be Saudi Arabia, thanx to Cheney’s treason. That’s just a fact, Jackwipe.

North by Northwestern

May 5th, 2011
8:32 pm

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tae

May 6th, 2011
10:30 am

wow thats whats up but i dont think that they should of barried him @ sea

Barrak Hussein Obama

May 6th, 2011
11:01 am

You Ameri”cans” cant kill Osama Bin Laden. There is no proof he is dead. He is with me!

Terrorist Sam I am.

May 6th, 2011
11:02 am

Yay you killed my father! not Osama

independent thinker

May 6th, 2011
9:20 pm

Thanks to the Bush family Bin Laden’s family had more rights after 9-11 than many Americans:

In 1978, Bush and Osama bin Laden’s brother, Salem bin Laden, founded Arbusto Energy, an oil company based in Texas.

Several bin Laden family members invested millions in The Carlyle Group, a private global equity firm based in Washington, DC. The company’s senior advisor was Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush. After news of the bin Laden-Bush connection became public, the elder Bush stepped down from Carlyle.

Interestingly, on Sept. 11, 2001, members of the Carlyle Group – including Bush senior, and his former secretary of state, James Baker – were meeting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., along with Shafiq bin Laden, another one of Osama bin Laden’s brothers.

While all flights were halted following the terrorist attacks, there was one exception made: The White House authorized planes to pick up 140 Saudi nationals, including 24 members of the bin Laden family, living in various cities in the U.S. to bring them back to Saudi Arabia, where they would be safe. They were never interrogated.

Read more: Bush ties to bin Laden haunt grim anniversary – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/rodriguez/ci_4319898#ixzz1LcipFx9C
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[...] The death of Osama bin Laden is just another incremental step on the way to a full-fledged police state. We allow ourselves to be whipped up into such a frenzy of fear that we have joyously let the government walk all over us. We need to stop being lazy, turn off the TV, and do something before all of our freedoms are gone for good. The Patriot Act is due to expire at the end of this month. Now is as good a time as any to tell your representatives that you are not afraid and to roll back what has been taken from us. Refuse to be terrorized and you can make a difference in helping to restore our rights. [...]