Oddly enough, the CORE of the Patriot Act was draft by none other than Democrat Vice President Joe Biden in 1995 (Then Senator), which clearly was before the horrific TERRORIST attacks of 9.11.2001
CNN Transcript from September 20, 2001 whereby Joe Biden owns up to “authoring” the Patriot Act after the Oklahoma City bombing in the 1990’s
On February 10, 1995, a counterterrorism bill drafted by the Clinton Administration was introduced in the Senate as S. 390 and in the House of Representatives as H.R. 896.
In 2005, Obama Slammed the Patriot Act; “Fishing Expedition Through Phone Calls, Emails…Gives People No Rights”
In 2006, Joe Biden railed against the Bush Administration for collecting phone records of “suspected terrorists” calling these actions “Very, Very Intrusive”.
In 2006, Obama Condemned #NSA’s Wiretapping Americans & Collecting Their Phone Records “No President Is Above The Law”
Barack Obama 2006 on the confirmation hearings of Hayden: Americans fought a Revolution in part over the right to be free from unreasonable searches–to ensure that our Government could not come knocking in the middle of the night for no reason. We need to find a way forward to make sure we can stop terrorists while protecting the privacy and liberty of innocent Americans. We have to find a way to give the President the power he needs to protect us, while making sure he does not abuse that power. It is possible to do that. We have done it before. We could do it again.
“This administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom. That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient.”
Dateline February 2013 – Dem Rep @MaxineWaters to @RolandsMartin: ‘Obama Has Secret Database With ‘Everything On Everyone’
Roland Martin: The reality is like anything else, you’d better get what you can while Obama’s there because, look, come 2016, that’s it.
Maxine Waters: ”The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. That’s going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”