TPP and the ACLU: It’s time to reform the Patriot Act


It’s not every day that Tea Party Patriots decides to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). But sometimes, there are issues that are too important to let partisan politics get in the way.

Today, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin has a joint op-ed in the Des Moines Register with Jeremy Rosen, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa about NSA spying and the Patriot Act.

Write Martin and Rosen:

Believe it or not, the Tea Party Patriots and the American Civil Liberties Union have some priorities in common. For one thing, we agree on the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.

The government claims that current law authorizes it to collect and store records about intimate, personal conversations between husbands and wives, doctors and patients, lawyers and clients, and pastors and congregants — all communications that should be, and we all assume are, private.

The worst part? The government routinely collects this information without a warrant or even any suspicion that a person is linked to terrorism. Our local police must get a warrant from a judge in order to search our homes or property. Why is it not the same when the NSA and the federal government want to seize and store intimate details about our private lives? What happened to our Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures?

Read the whole thing here.