Rand Paul votes yes for Patriot Act

Kavanaugh White House Counsel: PATRIOT Act, “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach”

August 11, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee released the first production of records for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh from his time as associate counsel for George W. Bush. Roughly 5,700 pages of documents were made available to the public. The documents show that Kavanaugh assisted in the effort to pass the Patriot Act and drafted a statement that President Bush incorporated in the bill signing.

Kavanaugh wrote that the PATRIOT Act will “update laws authorizing government surveillance,” which he claimed, and President Bush then restated, were from an era of “rotary phones.”

In fact, the PATRIOT Act weakened numerous U.S. privacy laws, including the subscriber privacy provisions in the Cable Act and the email safeguards in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Both laws were enacted after the era of rotary phones. Congress amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act after it was revealed that the White House had authorized warrantless wiretapping of Americans beginning in 2002.

In an email exchange, Kavanaugh wrote that the PATRIOT Act was a “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach . . . .”

EPIC recently submitted two urgent Freedom of Information Act requests for Judge Kavanaugh’s records during his time serving as Staff Secretary for President Bush.


8 thoughts on “Rand Paul votes yes for Patriot Act

  1. …going against EVERYTHING his wonderful father stood for. Ron, the defender of personal liberties, Rand the sell out.

  2. I’m a little slow..

    Is Henry calling Rand a..

    “Jewish CaulkSUCKER”…


    I guess Rand’s ribz have healed from his neighbor.

    The moral… of the story is…

    Pay a fkng Mexican to cut your grass.

    Or next time the neighbor may hit your bawlz.

    The you can limp around D.C. with a cast on ur bawlz.

    They can sign it with a sympathy sharpee pen.

    I’m killin my self…

    The question is..

    How do you sign a cast…

    That looks like a vagina…?

    I rest my case.

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