“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned;

if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

Ezekiel 33:6

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."

Proverbs 25:26

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***RINO ALERT: 26 Repubs who supported liberty & rejected the Patriot Act: Who are they? Continue reading on Examiner.com: 26 Repubs who supported liberty & rejected the Patriot Act: Who are they?

The House on Tuesday failed to extend the life of three surveillance tools that are key to the nation’s post-Sept. 11 anti-terror law, a slipup for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition within its own ranks.
The House voted 277-148 to keep the three provisions of the USA Patriot Act on the books until Dec. 8. But Republicans brought up the bill under a special expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority, and the vote was seven short of reaching that level.
The Republicans, who took over the House last month, lost 26 of their own members, adding to the 122 Democrats who voted against it. Supporters say the three measures are vital to preventing another terrorist attack, but critics say they infringe on civil liberties. They appealed to the antipathy that newer and more conservative Republicans hold for big government invasions of individual privacy.
Out of the 26 Republican Congressmen who voted no on the Patriot Act, eight of them are Repblicans who voted no on it in last year. Ten Republicans total voted no on the Patriot Act in 2010, so that leaves an explanation due for two of those ten. 

Vern Ehlers of Michigan, who served eighth terms in Congress after first being elected in 1993, retired and did not seek office for 2011. Ehlers was replaced by Justin Amash, a Tea Party candidate who is pro-life, for lower taxes and smaller government. He is of Palestinian and Syrian descent, "the first Palestinian American in Congress". Amash is Christian, and a former Michigan statehouse member who voted no on more bills than anyone else. Amash voted no on the Patriot Act.
The second out of the ten who voted no last year is Jason Chaffetz of Utah. He just began his second term in Congress, and it is not clear at this time why he changed his vote from no to yes on the Patriot Act this year. 

Following are brief profiles on the remaining eight reps who voted no both this year and last:
Roscoe Bartlett from Maryland: Serving his 10th term, his website states "Roscoe G. Bartlett considers himself a citizen-legislator, not a politician."

Rob Bishop from Utah; he was elected to congress in 2003 and is currently serving his 5th term.

John J. Duncan, Jr.  from Tennesse has served in Congress since 1988 and was formerly a State trial judge.

Dean Heller from Nevada is serving his 3rd term and previously served in Nevada state government.

Timothy V. Johnson  represents the 15th District of Illinois and was first elected in 2000. Not to be confused with Congressman "Hank" Johnson, the Democrat  from Georgia who famously expressed concern that Guam may 'capsize' a few years back.  Although it should be noted that Hank Johnson also voted not to renew the Patriot Act provisions, both this year and last.

Walter B. Jones, Republican from North Carolina, was elected to Congress in 1995. His website states that Jones "concern for Vietnam-era veterans led him to introduce the War Crimes Act of 1996, which allows prisoners of war, the opportunity to bring their persecutors to justice in U.S. courts."

Don Young From Alaska has served since 1973 and is "Alaska’s only Representative to the United States House of Representatives".
Last but certainly not least, Dr. Ron Paul.
Now on to the eighteen people who voted No on the Patriot Act in 2011 who were not on the 'NO' LIST in 2010. Ten of them were already in office, and switched their votes to support liberty. Eight others took office for the first time this year. Out of the following eighteen people, only eight are serving their very first term in Congress. This means that out of 87 newly elected Republican Congressman, only eight of those voted NO on the Patriot Act. (13 new Republican Senators took office last month for their first term).
Rep. Amash from Michigan (profiled above)

Paul Collins Broun, Jr, GA, has been in Congress since 2007 and is a Tea Party Caucus member. He is son of Georgia state senator Paul Brown.
John Campbell is a former California state legislator from Irvine. Thanks John, for voting no today.

Mike Fitzpatrick, PA,  served in Congress for one term from 2005-2007, but then lost his seat to Jim Greenwood, and regained his seat this year.

Chris Gibson is  is a 46  year old from New York  and is a former officer in the United States Army serving
his first term.

Tom Graves of Georgia formerly served in the GA house of reps and was elected to Congress June 14, 2010 in a special election.  His website says he wants to cut spending.

Randy Hultgren, a former state rep from IL, is in his first term and says he wants to repeal Obamacare.

Jack Kingston of Texas has served in Congress since 1993.

Raul Rafael Labrador of Idaho, a former Idaho state rep, just began his first term. He is Mormon with a wife and 5 kids.

Connie Mack, aka Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV, is from Florida and has served in Congres since 2005.

Kenny Marchant, TX,  has served in Congress since 2005

Tom McClintock of California just began his second term. McClintock, whose career and policy positions are extensively documented, was initially endorsed by Congressman Paul when he ran for Congress for the first time in 2008. McClintock's voting record was great as a state rep, but he has wavered since entering Congress, supporting DNA seizures, the Patriot Act, and the wars during his last term. McClintock is pro gun, pro sovereignty, and he has an excellent understanding of the proper role of limited Constitutional government. I am very happy to see that McClintock has regained loyalty to his Constitutional roots and rejected the Patriot Act after supporting it last year. I was a strong supporter and advocate of McClintock when he ran for governor of California against Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003. 
Denny Rehberg From Montana has served in Congress since 2001.  He is a rancher who oversees 500 cattle and 600 cashmere goats.

Phil Roe, TN, has served since Jan 2009 and is a retired ObGYN and city mayor. 
Dana Rohrabacher, a former Reagan speechwriter, is typically an establishment Republican who has served in Congress since 1989.His wikipedia page states that "In his younger years, Rohrabacher was an anarcho-capitalist libertarian", so maybe has has experienced a newfound youth and left the dark side.

Bobby Schilling of Illinois, who just began his first term in Congress, is a Roman Catholic pizzeria owner with a wife and 10 kids. He was a Tea Party candidate and is pro life, pro guns, and for small government.

David Schweikert of Arizona is serving his first term in office. He formerly worked in the real estate business and served in the AZ statehouse. The Club for Growth endorsed Schweikert, who has stated that he wants secure borders, but would then consider a guest worker program after border is secure.

Rob Woodall, begining his first term in Congress, served as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman John Linder since 1994.

The Patriot Act bill would have renewed the authority for court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. Also addressed was Section 215, the so-called library records provision that gives the FBI court-approved access to “any tangible thing” relevant to a terrorism investigation.
The third deals with the “lone-wolf” provision of a 2004 anti-terror law that permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. people not known to be affiliated with a specific terrorist organization.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., the former Judiciary Committee chairman who authored the 2001 Patriot Act, urged his colleagues to support the extensions, saying they were needed as a stopgap until permanent statutes could be agreed upon.
“The terrorist threat has not subsided and will not expire, and neither should our national security laws,” he said.
But Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said Republican supporters of the tea party movement should show their opposition to big government by joining Democrats in opposing the measure.
“How about the Patriot Act, which has the broadest reach and the deepest reach of government to our daily lives?” he asked.
The defeat means that Republicans may have to bring the bill back to the floor under regular procedures that only require a majority for passage but allow for amendments. Time is of the essence: The three provisions will expire on Feb. 28 if the House and Senate can’t agree on how to proceed.
The House had pushed for a nine-month extension to give lawmakers more time to come up with an approach that would give the measures permanent legal status. The Senate is considering longer-range ideas.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., last month introduced legislation that would extend the three provisions through 2013 while improving oversight of intelligence-gathering tools. Leahy would also phase out, at the end of 2013, the use of national security letters, FBI demands for information that do not need a judge’s approval.
The Senate also has on its legislative calendar a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would reauthorize the three measures through 2013 and a Republican proposal that would make them permanent.
The White House, in a statement, said it did not object to the House bill but “would strongly prefer” extending the provisions to the end of 2013, saying that “provides the necessary certainty and predictability that our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies require.”
Leahy, who introduced a nearly identical bill last year that the Senate did not take up, said in December that he had received a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder saying that the Justice Department was implementing several oversight and civil liberties measures included in his legislation.
Those included requirements that the government show relevance to an authorized investigation when seeking library or bookseller records, and similarly that the FBI show that information it is seeking with a national security letter is relevant to an investigation.
Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, said she was “glad to see there is bipartisan opposition to the Patriot Act 10 years later.” The ACLU is a strong opponent of the three provisions, saying they lack proper and fundamental privacy safeguards.
Info on the bill can be found here
The Office of the Clerk entry on the bills' failure can be found here
To see how each member voted, view the Roll call No. 26
A two-thirds majority was needed for the bill to pass.
The speaker chided house members several times immediately following the announcement of the final vote, telling them to "take personal conversations off the House floor."





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