Rubio’s Reasons To Retreat From IPA Should Apply To NDAA Too

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Marco Rubio has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of SB968, The Internet Protection Act. Senator Rubio is making great hay of this withdrawal. Indeed, Red State describes Rubio’s withdrawal of his co-sponsorship in this bromance paean:

“Today, about 40 minutes ago, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida showed again why he is a real leader and listener within the conservative movement.  He is dropping his co-sponsorship of Protect IP.”

Rubio is a leader for doing the right thing after a tumultuous public outcry?

A leader by definition is out in front; of people and ideas. In this case Rubio is out in front of retreating from an untenable position. That’s opportunism, or perhaps real politik, it sure isn’t leadership. It should be noted that even young non voting teens are aware of IPA and SOPA. These are quite the hot topic on tech sites and blogs. The light shining on these bills literally transcends generations and political attitudes. Rubio’s epiphany regarding free speech isn’t as much leading as it is reading the signs of cyber torches and pitchforks and realizing this isn’t a hill to die on.

Let’s look at Rubio’s choice of words for achieving accolades from Red State :

                 “I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida
jobs.

However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic
Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new
technologies.

Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary
Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard
legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the
Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal
government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid
rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

”

Mr. Rubio says he is concerned about “unreasonable expansion of government’s power…” and that “Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.” Admirable. Except  Mr. Rubio could have and should have applied this same qualifier to the National Defense Authorization Act’s military arrest and detention privisions. He didn’t . A real leader would have done so. Instead, Marco Rubio’s office continues to spin his AYE vote for NDAA  as citizen misunderstanding of the bill.  Rubio insists if the bill was a threat to Americans, he would not have voted for it.

Rubio clings to this spin despite the fact that numerous individuals both inside and outside of Congress have pointed out NDAA is indeed a threat to American citizens and ripe with those same “unintended consequences” Rubio claims he wants to prevent from happening to the internet.

Senator Rubio while looking to garner credit for pre-empting an expansion of general government power fails to apply his own reasoning to NDAA and its evisceration of the 4th,5th and 6th amendments. NDAA was introduced into the Senate on November 15th of 2011. There were “legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have” from day one,but not once in the ensuing 29 days leading up to NDAA’s passage on December 14th in both houses did Mr. Rubio express any concern that  “Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

”  

     When measured against “The Constitution, Every Issue,Every Time, No Exceptions, No Excuses,” Senator Rubio is failing the cause of Liberty. His consistent support of the Patriot Act when seen from the perspective of his rabid support for NDAA and his now previous co-sponsorship of SB968 IPA raise alarming questions about Rubio’s fidelity to his oath of office and our constitution.

      The Florida Tenth Amendment Center along with our friends in other Liberty organizations has every intent to keep  Mr. Rubio’s complicitness in attacking the Bill of Rights in focus right through 2016 when we hope he is retired from office. Even if he should have another Red State inspiring burst of retro active leadership regarding NDAA, there can be no forgiveness for Marco Rubio. Attorneys turned seasoned politicians rarely have epiphanies birthed in altruism. Marco Rubio is no different.  Until the same pressure that made him change his mind about IPA is brought to bear upon him for his support of NDAA, Liberty will suffer at the whim of his selective concern for constitutional principles.

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For the list of Florida’s D.C. delegation that vote AYE to NDAA go here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-932

For Rep. Justin Amash’ break down of NDAA go here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/justin-amash/the-truth-about-the-new-detainee-policy-in-the-national-defense-authorization-ac/296584837047596

For Tenth Amendment Center’s analysis of NDAA go here:http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/01/04/ndaa-open-season-for-the-police-state/

For Krissanne Hall’s analysis go here: http://krisannehall.com/index.php/blog/96-no-more-lies-just-liberty

For Dave Nalle’s analysis go here: http://www.fontcraft.com/liberty/?p=48850

Also from Rep.Amash:  “As Members of Congress take heat for having voted to grant the President new authority to indefinitely detain Americans on American soil without charge or trial, many Members are citing the NDAA’s language as “proof” that Americans are not at risk. A few of them are intending to mislead you, but most simply misapprehend the bill.
Here’s one prominent example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5KJPm2b-v8. ”

 

Unfortunately, not everyone has wised up to Marco Rubio and his lack of integrity.

Not Your Decaffeinated Tea
Party

A message to all members of Peoples Tea Party

Marco
Rubio, the incredible Senator from Florida has been a huge supporter of the Tea Party, freedom and liberty.  He just did something else that is really great.What is it? He has announced he is no longer supporting the Protect-IP bill in the Senate.To say that this is a huge victory is an understatement. Here is what Senator Rubio just had to say!In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about
the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate
side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s
important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen
through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in
China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists,
creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I
have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida
jobs.

However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic
Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new
technologies.

Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary
Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard
legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the
Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal
government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid
rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore,
I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I
encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor.
Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides,
and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting
free and open access to the Internet.
There are a lot of reasons to like Marco Rubio.  Not the least of which is that he gets it when it comes to freedom and liberty.

If you have the chance, call Senator Rubio’s office and thank him for what he has done.  His number is 202-224-3041.

Encourage your Senators and Congressman to oppose this terrible bill that threatens the freedom of the Internet and our rights to free speech.

 

Andrew Nappi is the State Coordinator for the Florida Tenth Amendment Center. He lives in the Tampa Bay Area with wife Tammy and dogs Emma and Bud Lite.

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9 Responses to “Rubio’s Reasons To Retreat From IPA Should Apply To NDAA Too”

  1. RepublicRed says:

    @FL10thAmendment

    I agree–Our Numbers Will Grow. Last night revealed yet another ‘Frightening Demand’ in the State of the Union Address.

    I PRAY THAT CONGRESS DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH ‘POWER’–THIS COULD BE TOTALLY DEVASTATING!

  2. FL10thAmendment says:

    @RepublicRed

    We have to keep at it Red. Our numbers will grow and they wont’ be able to ignore us. Many are still sleeping or in a left right paradigm coma.

  3. RepublicRed says:

    @FL10thAmendment@RepublicRed

    You are absolutely correct. The Feinstein Amendment was DOA. Her other one:

    (Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities, relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.)

    was unanimously approved but says nothing that we as American Citizens CANNOT BE KIDNAPPED, DETAINED, ETC.

    What an Atrocious Sin–and I presume all of our Calls, Letters to the Governor are not going anywhere?! I guess that was too good to be true to think he would protect the People in Florida–that is his Job after all.

    I will keep calling and mailing Letters and wait to hear from you as to what our next course of action is.

    Red

  4. FL10thAmendment says:

    @RepublicRed

    Well, let’s put this in perspective- They HAVE NDAA. The Feinstein amendment may or may not go anywhere. The sentiment of the senate was to vote for NDAA as is. If they had issues, they should not have voted AYE. This amendment could be dead on arrival for all we know. The sin has been committed, let the sinners be identified and purified for their transgressions. http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/10230-feinstein-introduces-due-process-guarantee-act

  5. RepublicRed says:

    NOTE: HERE IS A RESPONSE I RECEIVED FROM SENATOR BILL NELSON REGARDING THE NDAA TODAY:

    ” I joined 98 other Senators in passing an amendment to the defense bill reaffirming that the government cannot hold U.S. citizens indefinitely without trial. Specifically, the amendment stated that the bill would not affect existing law relating to the detention of U.S. citizens who are captured or arrested in the United States. In other words, the bill provides no new authority to detain U.S. citizens without trial.”

    To resolve any doubts about how the courts will interpret the law when it comes to the detention of U.S. citizens suspected of supporting terrorist activity, I am also a cosponsor of the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011. That legislation states that a declaration of war or authorization for the use of military force shall not automatically authorize the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and lawful residents apprehended in the United States. Because I believe our national security professionals should decide the best way to detain and prosecute terror suspects, I also opposed provisions of the defense authorization bill that would allow only the military to handle terror suspects captured in the United States. Efforts to change that language were unsuccessful in the Senate. But after negotiations with the House of Representatives, the final legislation preserves the rights of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and allows the President to waive the requirement for military custody when necessary to preserve our national security.”

    IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN GET A COPY OF THIS AMENDMENT? SOMETHING DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT HERE.

    AS FAR AS I KNEW CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL WAS THE ONLY ONE RECENTLY (LAST WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2011) THAT SUBMITTED LEGISLATION TO NULLIFY THE HORRIFIC PROVISION TARGETING ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    PLEASE ADVISE.

    ALSO, I RECEIVED YET ANOTHER EMAIL FROM THE INCOMPARABLE SENATOR RUBIO STATING HE WOULD WRITE TO ME SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE-OUTRAGEOUS!–THIS GUY HAS TO GO!!

    WE WON’T GET FOOLED TWICE!

    RED

  6. FL10thAmendment says:

    @RepublicRed

    Red, knowing they could care less what we think, the elites choose what they will reply to, if at all. They are there to be served in their minds, not the other way around.

  7. RepublicRed says:

    NOTE: I received an Email from Rubio’s Office late last night stating it was an ‘INTERIM RESPONSE’

    and NOT to contact him further as his Office will contact me. That if I respond to his Email he will not respond. WHAT AN OUTRAGE!

    Great analogy–Rubio and Obama certainly do have quite a bit in common. Rubio as well as Obama have indeed both fooled many–I Pray we are able to Save this Beautiful Republic this next Presidential Election. I never realized how much Obama and Rubio both embraced a ‘Police State’-complete with Predator Drones and the Total Militarization of the Entire Country. This is Very Frightening!

    WE MUST REVERSE THE NDAA–too bad Florida does not have ‘Recall’–I would have spear-headed the move to Recall Rubio. And you are correct-had he not felt the heat for IPA he would have gone ahead with that as well.

    I will keep doing my Part to put pressure on Rubio, Nelson and Scott to NULLIFY NDAA. Please keep me posted on this. Their Silence is Infuriating!

    Red

  8. FL10thAmendment says:

    @RepublicRed

    Red, Rubio and Obama share two things in common. They both benefitted from being the most over hyped and undervetted politicians of their generation. Both of them hold individual liberty in contempt. Rubio,as does Obama, believes in big, intrusive government as evidenced by his support for NDAA and the Patriot Act. Had there been no outcry re IPA, he would still have been onboard. Rubio fooled many good people who didnt do their homework in 2010. We are going to do our best to make sure they don’t get fooled again in 2016.

  9. RepublicRed says:

    NOTE: I called both RUBIO and NELSON regarding NDAA and IPA.

    The person who answered the phone in RUBIO’S OFFICE was very ‘strange’ to say the least. There was no response after they picked up the phone–I kept saying ‘Hello’?? When I called back the same thing

    happened. I had a friend of mine call and the same thing happened to her. Perhaps his office is getting inundated with calls–one can only wish.

    NELSON’S OFFICE-they turn on an Answering Machine after they put you on Hold!

    GOV. SCOTT’S OFFICE-a Recording!

    NDAA MUST BE NULLIFIED–THEIR OBVIOUS DISREGARD TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS’ SAFETY IS

    ATROCIOUS!