(RepublicanPress.org) – Donald Trump campaigned on draining the swamp and has spent the duration of his time in office, so far, doing just that. He also targeted the deep state, instituting a variety of programs to dismantle it.
For example, on January 28, 2017, he issued an executive order cracking down on Washington’s “revolving door” policy by prohibiting government employees who returned to the private sector from working as a government lobbyist for five years. On October 21, 2020, he targeted the Deep State by signing an executive order making it easier to hire and fire federal employees.
Targeting the Patriot Act
President Trump has another golden opportunity to drive another stake through the heart of the deep state by signing onto a new bi-partisan bill introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) that would put an end to the Patriot Act.
Signed into law in 2001 by then-President George W. Bush, the act broadened the federal government’s ability to surveil American citizens through the use of warrantless wiretaps.
Under the Patriot Act, law enforcement officials could access business records using the dreaded secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts (FISA).
Used together, the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments act allows Big Brother to obtain emails and phone records without proving probable cause. As Gabbard recently explained on Twitter, it’s time to put an end to “illegal government surveillance.”
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Ben Franklin@RepThomasMassie & I intro'd 'Protect Our Civil Liberties Act' (HR8970) to repeal the so-called Patriot Act & end illegal government surveillance pic.twitter.com/QEB8gKxFKu
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 16, 2020
A Return to Constitutional Order
Gabbard and Massie’s “Protect Our Civil Liberties Act” aims to repeal both the Patriot and FISA Acts. It would also restore the use of proper warrants to collect any personal data of any American citizen.
This bill provides the perfect opportunity for President Trump to push back on the deep state in a big way. It’s about time Democrats and Republicans started reaching across the aisle to restore much needed Constitutional protections to Americans.
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