Some decent argument from Rand Paul on the Defense Authorization Act of 2012. "The Land of the Free" is quickly disappearing thanks to the likes of John McCain. It is sad.
"Sept. 11 didn’t succeed because we granted the terrorists due process.
The attacks did not succeed because al Qaeda was so formidable, but
because of human error. The Department of Defense withheld intelligence
from the FBI. No warrants were denied - the warrants weren’t requested.
The FBI failed to act on repeated pleas from its field agents, agents
who were in possession of a laptop with information that might have
prevented Sept. 11.
"These are not failures of laws. They are not failures of procedures.
They are failures of imperfect men in bloated bureaucracies. No amount
of liberty sacrificed on the altar of the state will ever change that.
"We should not have to sacrifice our liberty to be safe. We cannot allow
the rules to change to fit the whims of those in power. The rules, the
binding chains of our Constitution, were written so that it didn’t
matter who was in power. In fact, they were written to protect us and
our rights from those who hold power without good intentions. We are not
governed by saints or angels. Our Constitution allows for that. This
bill does not."