When the Patriot Act was passed during the Bush administration, Barr said the original intent was to allow for the government to access specific records on a specific individual.
MARIETTA Members of The Madison Forum met Saturday morning to ask guest speaker Bob Barr if Americans are living in a post democratic society. congressman from Georgia and a constitutional lawyer, spoke to a crowd of 25 members and guests at the Rib Ranch off Canton Road in Marietta about the recent leak that the federal government is collecting cellphone and Internet data.
"It is what people who are fighting for America should really be about," Marlow said.
Barr said the Obama Administration and the federal court system has allowed for the act to be applied too broadly and without enough oversight.
Now, Barr says the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, is shattered because the government is requesting information about people without showing probable cause that they have engaged in criminal activity.
Adding to the more than 200 members, Kelly Marlow from the Cherokee County Board of Education is the newest person to join the group.
opposition to use of federal spy program
Barr, who will be running for the 11th Congressional District seat in 2014, assured the audience from the beginning that his appearance was not a political rally.
The Justice Department's claim that the surveillance measures are for the overall good of the country is a "facade" to wear down the opposition, Barr said.
Barr said the USA Patriot Act was explicit about the Nike Air Max Womens 2015 need for the intelligence community to gather information to protect the country, but not "by any means necessary."
Marlow thanked The Madison Forum for its dedication to share information.
President Michael Opitz said speeches to the group are normally videotaped, but not if the guest is in the middle of a political Nike Air Max Tavas Black
Barr told the group that the Constitution defines the powers of the government and "justice means keeping government within those bounds."
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