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

122 comments Add your comment

TheRog

May 4th, 2011
5:27 am

Ah Mr. Barr… I knew there was a reason I voted for you for president!

Well said sir!

Rachael

May 4th, 2011
5:32 am

I believe that doing away with the Patriot Act and similar things would give other terrorists the opportunity that bin laden had. I do not believe that just because bin laden is dead that these acts should be repealed. I would much rather stand in line at our airports for two hours of security checks and know that my flight has a very good chance of being safe rather than just check in and there be a good possibility of a terrorist with a bomb on my flight. These acts may not be essential to investigating and thwarting terrorist plots or acts, but they provide us with a better chance of safety in our country. I understand that some may feel that these acts impede on some of our liberties but I want myself, my children and my grand children to be safe from terrorists.

Dabir Dalton

May 4th, 2011
5:48 am

In that case Rachael neither you, your children nor your grandchildren deserve the freedom promised by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Feel free to move to China at any time.

Fat Boy

May 4th, 2011
6:38 am

@Rachel,
Perhaps if you want your children and grand children to be safe from terrorists you’d be outraged at the lack of security along our nation’s borders.

Also, drunk drivers kill more people every month in this country than terrorists ever did.

The sense of security you get by giving up your rights at the airport is a false sense.

Tonysykes

May 4th, 2011
6:51 am

It must be arguable that Bin Laden is more of an effective recruting sergeant dead than he was alive. Most of what the west and the US specifically has carried out to make the world safer for more McDonalds franchises over the past 15 years has done little to improve the lot of the man on the Baghdad / Kabul omnibus.http://bit.ly/kVl619

Paul

May 4th, 2011
7:10 am

Rachael, it’s time to throw off the terroristic shackles of the previous administration. Too many citizens were browbeaten into the lock step belief that if they disagreed with the Patriot Act they must be directly supportive of terrorists. Most of the terroristic plots that were foiled since 911 were not due to legislative acts or storm troopers but by citizens and suspicious mosque attendees. We should not be so quick to hand over the keys to what made us what we are ever again.

Bob

May 4th, 2011
7:28 am

Rachael, do you think that having your children groped by a TSA agent makes us all safer ?

Eli Jones

May 4th, 2011
7:38 am

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety…..Benjamin Franklin

Eric

May 4th, 2011
8:05 am

Way to go Bob! Hope Congress reads this!

Buzz G

May 4th, 2011
8:20 am

Amen. It is time to reduce the amount of snooping government does in our lives.

Reality

May 4th, 2011
8:23 am

You all agree with Barr…… until there is another attack. And, what if that attack included the death of your family members? Would you still be agreeing with Mr. Barr?

Just askin’.

old shoes

May 4th, 2011
8:29 am

free the weed. marijuana is nature’s lil’ helper. drug laws are draconian.

edna

May 4th, 2011
8:31 am

Bob,

Amtrak is ready when you are.

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carlosgvv

May 4th, 2011
8:38 am

It would be good if killing Bin Ladin meant the end of Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, there are schools in many countries where young children learn little more than a terrorist view of the Koran and eventually come out more than willing to kill all of us. These schools have been in business for many years and will be keeping up this brainwashing for the foreseeable future. We ARE at war with Islam and must keep all the provisions of the Patriot Act. At some point in the future there will be another 9/11. It’s just a matter of time.

Bagpuss

May 4th, 2011
8:38 am

Create an exagerated terror and then use as an excuse to erode the freedom and rights of people. Well done America.
Read George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and see the similarities.

Satish Chandra

May 4th, 2011
8:43 am

According to the American announcement, Osama bin Laden was not killed DURING the firefight but executed with a shot in the head AFTER he had been taken into custody. Like CIA kingpin K. Subrahmanyam’s fake death, his death — in preparation for a withdrawal from Afghanistan — is a consequence of India having prepositioned five to six nuclear weapons in various cities/countries for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United states (see below) and may be similarly fake.

I am India’s expert in strategic defence and the father of India’s strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.’, which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have shown that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world are sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan’s ISI and India’s RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole; India is already under covert CIA rule. To end this, India has said that five to six nuclear bombs have been prepositioned in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York — see my blog — for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States.

Indian media people have been covering the white man’s wedding as if he is India’s prince. How many stories have you carried about India’s sovereign (see my blog above) who is also the most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth whose toe-nail clippings are worth more to India and the world than the rest of the billion-plus Indians combined? RAW has been putting out a breathless story on the white man’s wedding, in the Times of India, NDTV, etc., about every five minutes just as it promotes the AIDS woman and her gang-rapist son. It is all part of maintaining white rule over India (see ‘What You Should Know About RAW’ in my blog above).

India’s emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was kept in exile while the British ruled India just as India’s sovereign is being kept in exile while the CIA rules India. Tens of millions of Indians killed by the British in just the ten years after 1857 — depopulating entire regions so there weren’t any men left to till the land — and many more right up to 1947 is how you generate love and admiration for conquerors — Americans doing the same in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. call it ‘pacification’ — loved and admired by one Swapan Dasgupta who wrote a column admiring me as “Quick Gun Murugan” about twenty years ago at which he was recruited by CIA-RAW. India will depopulate enemies — to hell with love and admiration — with nuclear bombs.

Regardless of what happened to Osama bin Laden and how quickly the Americans withdraw from Afghanistan, the destruction of CIA rule over India by nuclear bombs (above) will proceed unless the testing of high yield thermonuclear warheads to their full yields and of missiles to carry them to the continental United States to their full ranges to build, within five years, thousands of such weapons starts immediately.

Satish Chandra

gretchen

May 4th, 2011
8:44 am

I support the right for a woman to abort a fetus. Keep govt. out of the womb.

Barack

May 4th, 2011
8:46 am

CarlosGVV…We ARE at war with Islam and must keep all the provisions of the Patriot Act.

We are not at war with Islam any more than we are at war with Buddhists you effin moron…what an idiot.

Lone Ranger

May 4th, 2011
8:49 am

Well ‘ol Barack did it almost single handedly. Surprised he didn’t take the credit for pulling the trigger himself. I guess he will make himslef an honorary SEAL to go with his fake Nobel prize. Gotta do anything to get those poll numbers up. Wonder what else he has up his sleeve since his economic agenda has fallen flat on its face.

Richard

May 4th, 2011
8:53 am

Rachael,

“I would much rather stand in line at our airports for two hours of security checks and know that my flight has a very good chance of being safe rather than just check in and there be a good possibility of a terrorist with a bomb on my flight.”

I wasn’t aware any rational person thought standing in line at an airport waiting to be groped by a random person in need of a part time job made a flight safer.

HRPufnstuf

May 4th, 2011
8:57 am

I’d like to see someone publish a list of the Bill of Rights, along with a “Bill of Responsibilities” alongside it. Right to free speech, Responsibility not to shout “fire” in a crowded theater. Right to Bear Arms, Responsibility not to shoot someone who isn’t directly endangering your life. Too many people want to shout about their “Rights” but aren’t willing to be responsible as citizens.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
9:03 am

“We are not at war with Islam any more than we are at war with Buddhists you effin moron…what an idiot.”

No, but Islam IS at war with us, dumb a$$.

smalls

May 4th, 2011
9:07 am

WOW looks like your the a$$hat.

“President Bush tried to quell anti-Americanism in the Middle East yesterday by assuring Muslims that he is not waging war against Islam, regardless of what “propaganda and conspiracy theories” they hear.”

louis

May 4th, 2011
9:09 am

Richard,

I’m sure the American’s killed on 911 wish the hijacker’s were groped.

I Know You Are But What Am I

May 4th, 2011
9:09 am

To-Do List:

1. Attend Tea Party function. Bring American flag and a placard “Get goverment out of my life”.

2. Write a piece for Bob Barr’s blog that says that eschewing constitutional rights is the only way for Americans to remain safe with big, bad Islam looming in the dark.

graham

May 4th, 2011
9:10 am

This is not a War against Islam.”- President George Bush

graham

May 4th, 2011
9:13 am

Obama is the man. A true leader of men. Commander in Chief. Yes we can, Yes he DID!

“The killing of bin Laden was no one-shot missile strike on a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory suspected of making chemical weapons, as ordered by Bill Clinton. Nor was it a failed hostage rescue in Iran à la Jimmy Carter. Instead, it was a potent combination of American force and presidential decisiveness.”

Good Grief

May 4th, 2011
9:18 am

Reality @ 8:23 -
Time and time again our own government has shown that they are mostly inept at handling things not originally set forth for them in the Constitution, yet there are so many people willing to let the government do more and more. My guess would be that these are the same people who find it hard to go and vote, but make time each night to watch American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars, or Celebrity Apprentice.

old shoes @ 8:29-
I agree with you that some of the drug laws are draconian. But sadly there isn’t really a Marijuana Lobby in Washington. I figure that as soon as the weed industry starts giving politicians as much money as cigarettes and alcohol, it will be legalized. By the way, does anybody know the number on how many people died last year as a result of marijuana, versus how many were killed (directly or indirectly) by alcohol and cigarettes?

Barack

May 4th, 2011
9:18 am

WOW … No, but Islam IS at war with us, dumb a$$.

You have it all wrong…They are at war with infidels and you are the king.

jconservative

May 4th, 2011
9:19 am

Following is a list of the number of deaths in US automobile accidents from 2001 to 2010.
As I recall about 3000 people have been killed in the US by terrorists attacks in the same period.

2001 42,196
2002 43,005
2003 42,643
2004 42,836
2005 43,443
2006 42,642
2007 41,059
2008 37,261
2009 33,808
2010 32,708
Total 401,601.

Some are willing to give up their liberties in the name of security, as Barr describes.

None are willing to give up their automobiles in the name of security.

Which is more dangerous, more threatening, terrorists or automobiles?

patriot act

May 4th, 2011
9:20 am

may as well leave it in place. google, verizon, apple, etc. they all know where you are going. your phone and your car. they know when you go. the satellites can tell what you wore to work today.

liberty and privacy is an outdated and quaint notion folks. technology has made it so.

carry on.

Civilian

May 4th, 2011
9:21 am

Obama is the man. A true leader of men. Commander in Chief. Yes we can, Yes he DID!

Yes…he drew upon all his military training…oh, I forgot…he doesn’t have any. The fact is, he didn’t do a damn thing…he sat and watched on TV while the REAL MEN risked their lives to pull off the raid and execution.

the watch dog

May 4th, 2011
9:27 am

Under the USA Patriot Act:
#1 The Government may search and seize Americans papers and effects without probable cause to assist terrorist investigations. [This violates Amendment IV, The Freedom of Privacy].
#2 The Government may jail Americans indefinitely without trial [This violates AmendmentVI, the right to a speedy and public trial].
#3 To assist terror investigation the Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting crimianal activity.[violates Amedment I [Freedom of Religion].
#4 The Government may monitor conversations between lawyers and clients in Federal Prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes [violates Amendment VI [ to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor and assistance of counsel].
#5 The Government may prosecute librarians of any public records if anyone the government supoenaed seeks information related to a terror investigation. [Vilolates Amendment I { Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech].
#6 Americans maybe jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses. [violates Amendment VI, to be confronted with the witnesses against him].

Let us say Osama Bin Laden had been captured alive, how would the U.S. have been able to show the power of Democracy with the Patriot act?

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety” Benjamin Franklin.

patriot act

May 4th, 2011
9:28 am

Terrorists vs. automobiles?

Total miles driven in 2003 2,890,893,000,000

(http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2004/html/table_01_32.html)

Total auto deaths in 2003: 42,643.

that’s about 1 death for every 68 million miles driven. Seems pretty safe to me, as I probably will never reach 68 million miles driven in my lifetime.

We have speed limits and seat belts that “infringe our liberties”… I guess you are against those as well? What’s a little search and pat down to prove that you don’t have ulterior motives on the plane? Seems to be working

sarah

May 4th, 2011
9:36 am

Lone Star beer is reporting a unexpected uptick in sales in Crawford, TX. Poor georgie can be heard exclaiming, “dag-nabbit” as he clears some brush. bushie failed, Obama got ‘em. God Bless America.

Olderandwiser49

May 4th, 2011
9:41 am

Not just time to reduce the government snooping on citizens. It’s time to reduce government PERIOD! We cannot reduce our vigilance for terrorists, because the death of Bin Ladin is a rallying cry for them. The government, though, needs to recognize that TSA is little more than a water-cooler joke, repeatedly missing possible terrorists on existing watch lists, and spending their time feeling-up kids and the more attractive females. Vigilance should begin with securing our borders. Put the word out that attempting to illegally enter the US will be considered an act of hostile invasion of the US. Those captured will be sent to Guantanamo as enemy combatants, with no rights whatsoever. Those who are armed and fire at anyone attempting to stop them will be fired upon and killed. As long as our borders remain as porous as a sieve, terrorism will remain a very expensive reality in this country.

Patrick

May 4th, 2011
9:44 am

It is good to see that many Americans think Rachael and her way of thinking are just plain ignorant. It gives me hope that this country will get better and not end up like the movie “Idiocracy.”

Dave

May 4th, 2011
9:54 am

Having air marshals on the planes did more to improve our safety than scans and shoe removal.

sane jane

May 4th, 2011
9:55 am

I don’t care if he later “acknowledged that it was a mistake”, Bob Barr should NOT be permitted to criticize the USA PATRIOT ACT without ALSO mentioning that he was in Congress and voted FOR the bill.

Just like my Ayn Rand-worshiping Libertarian friend who just got fired & learned his Unemployment bennies were $500 per week. He’s accepting the money.

Remember with conservatives when it comes to virtues & morals, rules & law: they mean “for thee, not me”

Bryan G.

May 4th, 2011
10:07 am

sane jane – well said.

Any Bob Barr column regarding the Patriot Act should have a big “Mea Culpa” in it.

blackbird13

May 4th, 2011
10:13 am

“For thee, not me”

Love it. Can’t think of a more concise way to describe a fundamental truth.

Fred

May 4th, 2011
11:00 am

Worthless morons like Carlos and WOW should be afraid of worthy Americans like myself who would gladly kick their butts for wanting to remove my natural rights. Forget Islam, you jack azzes are the enemy.

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
11:02 am

I can’t imagine that one person who lost their life during 9/11 would have wanted any other American to lose freedom for their death. It wasn’t a lack of security or knowledge. The people in power had warning after warning that they ignored. The failure was at the top. The only changes that should have been made were secure cockpit doors, arm pilots, and allowing Americans to carry arms on the planes. The government officials had knowledge of terrorists here in the U.S. but instead of focusing on them exclusively after the attack, they treated all citizens like terrorists by taking away our rights. I don’t fly anymore–not because I’m afraid, but because I will not allow myself to be treated like a criminal when I haven’t done anything wrong and expose myself to unlawful search–it’s my small way of protesting. The last time I flew (2005), I saw the great protection in effect, pulling aside harmless elderly people and blondes that were well endowed–I was witnessing harassment and humiliation–it was visible on the peoples’ faces who were being “felt up” by security. I don’t live in the United States I was taught about in grade school in 1980!

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
11:20 am

If I were a victim of 9/11 I wouldn’t want any of my people to give up their freedom for my death. This wasn’t a failure of security at the level of the people. It was a failure of top government officials. They had warning after warning of the planned attack. We have a system of defense in place and should have been able to respond to those planes being hijacked in minutes with fighter jets. Every system of the government failed. The people didn’t. So why does it make any sense to have every American subjected to unlawful search, whether it’s at the airport or when I call my grandmother? I will not submit to being threatened with the unlawful detainment prescribed in the Patriot Act! I’m a law abiding citizen goddamn it!
I haven’t flown since 2005–not because I’m afraid, but because I witnessed our new protection system in effect–pulling aside elderly and well-endowed blondes for pat-downs. I witnessed the harassment and the humiliation on the faces of those being groped. Studies have shown that despite all big-brother investments it’s still an aware people that detect suspicious activities first!

Bobb Bar the door.

May 4th, 2011
11:30 am

Now that we’ve ordained Osama Bin Laden a martyred saint, we need the patriot act more than ever to combat the bin laden clones out there. Bob Barr is so wrong he needs a corrective colonic.

ew

Alil Afeef Alasad

May 4th, 2011
11:36 am

I am with Osama Bin Laden. Hear me or I will launch 16 nuclear missles to you infedels. I will not bomb you if you give me Megan Fox. Crackaz

Alil Afeef Alasad

May 4th, 2011
11:37 am

I am kiddin! Dont arrest me. Just give me Betty White. I will settle with her

Jeb

May 4th, 2011
11:37 am

Lone Ranger idiot…he should have sat in a fighter jet and said ‘mission accomplished!”

Alil Afeef Alasad

May 4th, 2011
11:42 am

You infedels! He is with me now!

Satan

May 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Yes indeed, I have told Osama the correct hiding possitions to avoid Americans long enough.

Satan Jr.

May 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Dad i wanna Pop-sicle

Satan

May 4th, 2011
11:47 am

SILENCE! I KILL YOU!

Lone Ranger

May 4th, 2011
11:47 am

Jeb you’re just sad that your boy in the White House didn’t do anything to earn his Nobel Prize. You’ll get over it.

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
11:56 am

We aren’t safer–the government can choose to ignore all the warnings next time too.

jconservative

May 4th, 2011
11:57 am

patriot act May 4th, 2011
9:28 am
“Terrorists vs. automobiles? ”

I would agree that automobiles are safe. I would also say that living with terrorism is pretty safe.
3000 deaths in 10 years. And if it had been doubled to 6000 deaths in 10 years, still a very safe place to live.

One cannot escape death. Giving up liberties for security is not something I will willingly do. It is the liberties we enjoy in the US that make life worth living.

But that is just me I guess. I do not live in fear of death or of dying. Terrorist threats have no effect on me. I am not going to feel better because I die in an automobile accident as opposed to a terrorist attack.

So how I die is how I die. How I am able to live, that is the important matter to me.

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

The last time I flew was in 2005 not because I was afraid, but because it’s my small protest. I saw the elderly and well-endowed blondes being patted down–they looked humiliated and I saw it as harassment. If I were one of the victims of 9/11 I’d be sad to think my death equated the loss of my fellow peoples’ rights. I cannot submit to the unlawful searches and to the unlawful detainment prescribed in the Patriot Act. The only changes that needed to be made were to make cockpit doors secure, arm the pilots and allow Americans to carry guns on planes–problem solved.

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

I haven’t flown since 2005–not because I’m afraid but because I saw harassment and humiliation on the faces of the elderly and well-endowed blondes being pulled aside for pat-downs. The only changes that were necessary were to secure cockpit doors, arm the pilots, and allow Americans to carry guns on planes too.

Give me Liberty

May 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

So how does patting down the elderly and well-endowed blondes make us safer? How does listening to my conversation with grandma make us safer? I object to my rights being stolen when the real fault was of those in power, not the common citizens who are now being treated like common criminals.

carlosgvv

May 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

Barak

Radical Islam has declared war on us. If an insane killer terrorist group declares war on you and you just ignore it and hope it will go away, you are a naive pathetic fool. Being in politically correct denial will accomplish nothing, you cretin.

DebbieDoRight

May 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

I go to hand it to you Barr, you did an entire column on the Bin Laden shooting, mentioned GWB once and Obama not at all. Congratulations!!! You may pick up your Republican “Purity” Pledge Pin and your Republican Propaganda Apologists Play List from your local Chickenhawk lodge.

Congrats again!!! Hack Job Well Done!

I Know You Are But What Am I

May 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

I find it abundantly ironic that the same people who want government out of their lives are willing to cede their constitutional rights to the government for the promise of some elusive protection.

Fools.

Phil

May 4th, 2011
12:37 pm

Some of these comments go beyond idiocy and border on un-american.

Even before the Patriot Act, you statistically had a better chance of being struck by lightning, or eaten by a shark, than you did dying in a terrorist attack.

Compound that fact, with the fact that government agencies are using NSL provisions within the patriot act for reasons OTHER than terrorism (well documented by FOIA requests from EFF), and then sit back and think: why should people not be upset at you for thinking we still need it?

If you support the extension of the Patriot act, then you are supporting the attack on the basic fabric of our country… which is ALOT more upsetting than a few buildings or air planes.

It’s Give me liberty or give me death, not give me liberty or give me the Patriot Act.

People have no idea the amount of fishing expeditions HSI has been on as a result of the Patriot Act… allowing them to knock on the doors of innocent americans even when a judge denies a warrant based on probable cause.

If you support it, then you are just as un-american as Bin Laden was. PERIOD

Jeb

May 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

LR: You are right…it was another conspiracy! Now finish giving Rush his BJ.

Lone Ranger

May 4th, 2011
1:06 pm

LR: You are right…it was another conspiracy! Now finish giving Rush his BJ.

Jeb…how can I do that when your head is in the way???

Barack

May 4th, 2011
1:11 pm

Radical Islam has declared war on us. If an insane killer terrorist group declares war on you and you just ignore it and hope it will go away, you are a naive pathetic fool.

CarlosGVV…I am just commenting on what you wrote. I can’t help it if you seemed too stupid to know what you are talking about. Thanks for clarifying your previous statement. Only a total moron would have made your earlier statement, so now that we know what you meant you seem brilliant.

SaveOurRepublic

May 4th, 2011
1:12 pm

Well stated Mr.Barr. The Orwellian (so-called) “Patriot” & Military Commissions Acts have trampled our Constitutional rights. Whether one buys the “official” 9/11 story or that OBL was just now neutralized (vs. already dead or still alive) or not…the Constitution should have NEVER been compromised to facilitate the (growing) police state.

carlosgvv

May 4th, 2011
1:13 pm

Barack

You are obviously a child. Are you playing hookey from school? Do your parents know where you are?

philosopher

May 4th, 2011
1:15 pm

@Lone Ranger : This is supposed to be a thoughtful discussion about the Patriot act. All you have done is accuse Obama of not having done what you hoped he would do so you could blast him for it if he did do it… talk about stretching to to get a dig in… Get rid of the Patriot Act, OK…but give me a Stop Ignorant, Infammatory Epithets Act.

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Civilian

May 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

Congrats again!!! Hack Job Well Done!

Way to go Debbiedodo…you sure got ‘ol Bob again with your sarcastic wit. Maybe when you are done shining Cynthia Tucker’s shoes you will still have time to get to the wine store and home in time to catch Jerry Springer.

Fred

May 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

I contributed to Obama’s campaign several times prior to his vote to extend “The Patriot Act”. I will not give another dime to his campaign, nor the Democratic Party until he rights this wrong.

Barack

May 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

CarlosGVV…Genius buddy…brilliant. Why don’t you educate us some more on Islam too, after all, you are an expert.

Lone Ranger

May 4th, 2011
1:22 pm

“All you have done is accuse Obama of not having done what you hoped he would do so you could blast him for it if he did do it”

Say what?? and you call yourself Philospher? I don’t think so

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WOW

May 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

Waterboarding worked.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: I’d like to ask you about the sourcing on the intel that ultimately led to this successful attack. Can you confirm that it was as a result of waterboarding that we learned what we needed to learn to go after bin Laden?

LEON PANETTA: You know Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information, and that was true here. We had a multiple source — a multiple series of sources — that provided information with regards to this situation. Clearly, some of it came from detainees and the interrogation of detainees. But we also had information from other sources as well. So, it’s a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got.

WILLIAMS: Turned around the other way, are you denying that waterboarding was in part among the tactics used to extract the intelligence that led to this successful mission?

PANETTA: No, I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I’m also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.

WILLIAMS: So, finer point, one final time, enhanced interrogation techniques — which has always been kind of a handy euphemism in these post-9/11 years — that includes waterboarding?

PANETTA: That’s correct.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
1:47 pm

“WOW looks like your the a$$hat.”

I’m sure you’re used to having things shoved up your a$$.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
1:49 pm

“I can’t help it if you seemed too stupid to know what you are talking about. Thanks for clarifying your previous statement. Only a total moron would have made your earlier statement, so now that we know what you meant you seem brilliant.”

Time for Barak to move out of her mom’s double wide and get a job. Hey, McDonalds is hiring.

Barack

May 4th, 2011
1:59 pm

Time for Barak to move out of her mom’s double wide and get a job. Hey, McDonalds is hiring.

Well done…you are even more brilliant than Carlos

Sage

May 4th, 2011
2:04 pm

Sadly, The Bill of Rights is a lot like religion… everyone has their own version.

Ezra

May 4th, 2011
2:25 pm

I want my property rights back!

philosopher

May 4th, 2011
2:47 pm

@Lone Ranger:”Well ‘ol Barack did it almost single handedly. Surprised he didn’t take the credit for pulling the trigger himself. I guess he will make himslef an honorary SEAL to go with his fake Nobel prize. Gotta do anything to get those poll numbers up. ”
He did none of these things- He gave credit exactly where it belonged…to the folks who put their lives and expertise on the line..he hasn’t suggested making himself an honorary Navy Seal… and his Nobel Prize was not given to him because he asked for it. Unsupported fantasies that might give you fodder to grumble…but unrelated to the Patriot act and whether or not it should be repealed.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
3:03 pm

“Well done…you are even more brilliant than Carlos”

Keep on writing, I’ll keep on responding, little girl.

Scooter (The Original)

May 4th, 2011
3:04 pm

OBL was a symptom, not the disease. If you stop treatment when a symptom subsides, the disease will re-manifest.

Hey Bob, discharged any firearms at indoor NRA meetings lately?

Good Grief

May 4th, 2011
3:09 pm

Sage @ 2:04 -
How, exactly, does each person have their own version of the Bill of Rights? Those rights are laid out in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution.

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Barack

May 4th, 2011
4:21 pm

WOW you just keep getting smarter as the day goes on. You should have your own column with such good stuff.

Lone Ranger

May 4th, 2011
4:25 pm

“Unsupported fantasies that might give you fodder to grumble…”

Philospher you just can’t stand it that the empty suit in the white house isn’t qualified to lead the Boy Scouts. You think he was the mastermind of that raid and execution? He pats himself on the back for the risks that others took and their success. He had nothing to do with it except to give a thumbs up. Even a blind squirrel can find an acron every now and then.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

Barack

Don’t you have a 7-eleven to rob, thug?

Barack

May 4th, 2011
5:08 pm

Wow …Ha ha…That’s great…I can’t believe how smart you are!!! Got any more???

Idiot watcher

May 4th, 2011
5:18 pm

Lone Ranger, Civilian, Bob and others, the fact you can’t give the President any credit here shows your smallness. He didn’t just give it a thumbs up. He made it a priority, but one under the radar. He listened to the options and chose the one that would give us proof OBL was dead. He and his team managed to keep the intel, the planning and the timing secret. He accomplished something the prior inhabitant of the White House couldn’t. And contrary to your interpretation, he has not been patting himself on the back. He has consistently and properly given credit where credit is due.
Did GWB lead the invasion of Iraq? Did Reagan fly a bomber over Libya after the marine bombing? Did Jimmy Carter fly a helicopter on the disastrous rescue mission for the Iran hostages? No, of course not. They were the commander in chief and they authorized the actions. They were not expected to lead them. Stop being so petty and take a clear look at the situation. It was a huge win for America and a bold move by the President. Grow up.

bluewombat

May 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

I did not think much of you when you were engaged in your Clinton jihad, but you’ve really redeemed yourself. I want the Bill of Rights back, too.

Skeerdi-Kat

May 4th, 2011
5:28 pm

Ew, ew, I’m so afraid. Ew, one of them Mudslimes is gonna get me in my bed. Ew, ew, they’ll break in my winder and git me in my bed and throw stones at me til I’m dead. Ew.

I don’t trust my government to run health care. But I trust it to protect 350 million Ameerikans agin that tair threat. Haven’t figured out why yet. Gotta listen to Sean. He’ll tell me what to think. He’s a great Ameerikan.

Bob

May 4th, 2011
5:41 pm

Idiot Watcher…Yer a great Amerikin. And you are well plugged in to the military intelligence that operates behind the scenes. You must be a SEAL maybe? Ranger? Special Ops? Maybe an off the books contractor? We salute you as a true patriot and American idiot.

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Jim Paulson

May 4th, 2011
8:20 pm

Mr. Barr,

You are absolutely right about restoring the Bill of Rights and slaying the PATRIOT Act since the kingpins of terror have been taken down or jailed. What I can’t understand is this: How do you kill a man twice or more times? According to Fox News, bin Laden died in Dec 2001 of lung complications and of course they now say he was shot to death on May 1, 2011. The former prime minister of Pakistan and late Benazir Bhutto told David Frost in an interview in Nov 2007 that Omar Sheikh murdered Osama bin Laden. So who is right? And doesn’t it seem strange that several days later there is still no photos of bin Laden AND he was buried at sea!!! How convenient!

Tracy

May 4th, 2011
9:08 pm

“Rachael” is a prime example of why our freedom is being destroyed. People like her live their life by paranoia and kneejerk reaction.

Please Rachael, and I mean this more seriously than anything I’ve ever said before, leave the United States. Get out,go to China or Cuba. Who cares, YOU are the death of everything this country has ever stood for.

gerard

May 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

Rachel, the whole problem with people like you is that you believe that the check is in the mail, etc, once you do a a little research and look at some of the mountain of evidence all pointing to g. bush and rumsfeld, “Pilots for 911 truth, “citizen investigation of the no plane pentagon bomb. ‘ no bodies or luggage at pentagon, you might understand that all of this info is available to prevent a dupe from becoming duped. Why you don’t want the truth is a typical shill tactic .

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. [...]