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PATRIOT Act Violates Fourth Amendment
15 June 2005

Mr. OTTER. Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL).

2005 Ron Paul 64:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time. I want to compliment the gentleman for bringing this amendment to the floor, and I want to express my disappointment if it is ruled out of order because this is such an important issue.

2005 Ron Paul 64:2
The fourth amendment is worth fighting for. The Founders of the country thought it was literally worth fighting for, and yet I see us here in the Congress willing to sacrifice it too easily.

2005 Ron Paul 64:3
One of the arguments is that success has been proven that these easy-to-obtain search warrants have produced success in catching certain criminals, but that does not prove that we could not have done it legitimately by following the fourth amendment; so we do not know whether they would not have been caught or not. Another thing is; does sacrificing security and liberty ever justify more catching of so-called criminals? What if we had a total police state? What if we turned our whole country into a concentration camp? We could make sure there would be no crimes whatsoever.

2005 Ron Paul 64:4
The trade-off is too great. We should never trade off safety and security for our liberties, and I think that is what we have done with the PATRIOT Act.

2005 Ron Paul 64:5
I want to congratulate the gentleman for bringing this to our attention; and, hopefully, we will eventually protect the fourth amendment.

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