Conservatives Calling for Repeal or Examination of USA PATRIOT Act
Conservatives, who have traditionally stood for limited government and individual liberty, are as concerned about the USA PATRIOT Act and related legislation as liberals. Prominent conservative groups and individuals against the Act include:
- Dick Armey, former Republican member of Congress
- Bob Barr, former Republican member of Congress (American Conservative Union, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances)
- David Keene (President of the American Conservative Union)
- Peyton Knight (American Policy Center)
- Grover Norquist (President of Americans for Tax Reform)
- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
- William Safire (columnist for the New York Times)
- Phyllis Schlafly (founder of the Eagle Forum)
- Lori Waters (Executive Director of the Eagle Forum)
August 10, 2005, Amy Sowder, Pensacola News Journal, Ex-lawmaker blasts Patriot Act: Republican Barr warns of privacy issues
June 15, 2005, Pastor Chuck Baldwin, NewsWithViews.com, Patriot Act is Dismantling Constitutional Guaranteed Liberties
June 13, 2005, Alan Caruba, Canada Free Press, Can Patriots Survive the Patriot Act?
June 12, 2005, Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times, Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right
May 17, 2005, Bob Barr, The Washington Times, Clearing the air on the Patriot Act
April 10, 2005, Nolan Finley, The Detroit News, Five reasons why conservatives should fight the Patriot Act
March 25, 2005, Abid Aslam, OneWorld US, Left-Right Coalition Rises to Oppose USA Patriot Act Provisions
June 3, 2004, Paul M. Weyrich & David Keene, The American Spectator, Oversee the PATRIOT Act
May 31, 2004, Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk, Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice
February 25, 2004, Bob Barr, Washington Times, Attitude Adjustment at TSA
November 11, 2003, Newt Gingrich, San Francisco Chronicle, The Policies of War Refocus the Mission
"We must ensure that the legal tools provided are not abused, and indeed, that they do not undermine the very foundation our country was built upon. . . I strongly believe the Patriot Act was not created to be used in crimes unrelated to terrorism."
August 21, 2003, Timothy Lynch, National Review Online, Patriotic Questions: Addressing the Patriot Act
"Reasonable people can and will disagree about the proper scope of the government's surveillance powers in the post-9/11 environment, but the stakes need to be clearly understood — and that cannot happen when government officials employ doublespeak, such as by using the terms 'liberty' and 'coercion' as if they were interchangeable."
October 20, 2003, Byron York, National Review Online, Norquist and Keene Join Baldwin and Neas
For an example of how threats to civil liberties bring together people and organizations from across the political spectrum, see this sign-on letter opposing the Domestic Security Enhancement Act (aka "Patriot II).