Allen West Does Something Rational: Votes "No" on Patriot Act. It Passed Anyway

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When Rep. Allen West said in his weekly newsletter that he was going to make a "careful assessment" on the Patriot Act extensions, it sounded like we could already pencil him in for a "yes" vote -- especially since he just recently voted for the 90-day extension.

It appears he was actually being serious about considering a vote against it.

West joined only 30 other House Republicans in voting "no" on extending three provisions in the Patriot Act -- the government's expanded wiretap capabilities, ability to obtain records, and the "we're kinda sure you're a terrorist" "lone wolf" targeting.

Here's what West had to say last night after the vote:

"I have spent the past two months investigating these provisions to the PATRIOT Act, their effect on American citizens and their impact on apprehending terrorists to better keep our country safe. After much reading, many briefings, and conversations with local law enforcement and federal agents, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, I am not fully convinced that by extending these provisions for four years, we would be any safer, but instead I fear they may only give us the illusion of being safer."
Mueller had sent members of Congress a letter explaining how the Patriot Act ensured safety in the U.S., while West wrote him back with some questions:

  • Can you provide a breakdown of how many times these provisions have been used on citizens and non-citizens?
  • How many people were ever convicted or investigated?
  • Out of those held, how many were released without being charged?
  • Are there any individuals that are still being held that were never charged?
  • What intelligence, if anything, came from these instances in which Section 206 was implemented?

Mueller didn't write back.

The four-year extension of the provisions passed 250-153 and was signed by President Barack Obama just before midnight.


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11 comments
Jerome cohen
Jerome cohen

Odd, not a mention that then Sen. Obama opposed the Patriot Act and now pres. Obama was in a rush to sign it. Go figure

Allen
Allen

Very interesting.. I thought he was just another typical NeoCon. If he is sincere about his vote against the Patriot Act then I am pleasantly wrong about the man! Rep. West is an interesting man in politics I will be keeping an eye on.

Tolli
Tolli

Very telling!

HankS_Ftlauderdale
HankS_Ftlauderdale

 Congressman Allen West is the real deal: Honor Character Integrity

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I've spent hours blasting West on this blog. Now, I would like to spend a moment commending him. I am starting to believe that as he becomes more educated on the issues, he is going to shift significantly to the center.

And this would be wise politically, because the teabbagers are loyal and aren't going anywhere. He has more to gain politically by attracting new voters from the center and--heaven forbid--left.

livefree1200cc
livefree1200cc

This is a game they play around election time. It's easy to vote against something if you know it's going to pass with or without your vote. Smoke and mirrors people - he voted FOR it 3 times.

Trey4cubs
Trey4cubs

wow! can't believe this. Thank you Mr. West

TregLoyden
TregLoyden

Wow!  That is a welcomed shocker.   Mr. West, welcome to Dr. No's side of the isle.  A few more of these votes and policy positions changes such as eliminating ALL foreign aid & ending all these military entanglements and bases around the world, and yes even ending foreign aid to your beloved Israel, may mean you've joined Ron Paul's R3VOLution.... I can only wait and see...

nanook5
nanook5

knowing that your vote will make absolutely no difference whatsoever and using it to score points with your base, that takes real political courage!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Damn, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn, once in awhile. Never, ever thought I would applaud West for something, but a muffled clap to Westy.

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