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Senator Tester and Representative Rehberg on the Patriot Act

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Thanks, Senator Tester, for standing up for the Constitution:

Long before I ever got to the Senate, the Patriot Act was sold to us as a toolbox of sorts to give U.S. agents the tools they need to find, fight and kill terrorists. But what we got from the Patriot Act was a law that is killing the rights guaranteed by our Constitution. When we give up our rights, we give way to exactly what terrorists want for us: Fewer freedoms. Invasion of privacy. That’s not acceptable in Montana. I’m sure it’s not acceptable anywhere else.

Senator Tester has consistently opposed the Patriot Act and its overreach into the lives of American citizens. His opponent, Representative Rehberg, has had a slightly less coherent and consistent position:

  • He initially voted for the Patriot Act in 2001.
  • He repeatedly voted to reauthorize it between 2001-2010, voting in 2005 to make it permanent.
  • In 2011, he voted against reauthorization before voting for it before voting against it.

When it comes to fundamental questions about civil liberties, I prefer my Senator to have one position—not one that changes as the TEA leaves settle.

Thanks, Senator Tester, for voting to protect the Constitution.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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