Glenn Greenwald has written about the expiration of the 2001 Patriot Act and quotes a number of White House officials and others who are using their all too familiar Bush-era scare tactics in their attempts to persuade the people to allow them free reign over your personal information!
Several of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney General Loretta Lynch have been engaged in rank fear-mongering to coerce renewal, warning that we’ll all be “less safe” if these provisions are allowed to “sunset” as originally intended, while invoking classic Cheneyite rhetoric by saying Patriot Act opponents will bear the blame for the next attack. […]
[Greenwald quotes the NYT:]
“What you’re doing, essentially, is you’re playing national security Russian roulette,” one senior administration official said of allowing the powers to lapse. That prospect appears increasingly likely with the measure, the USA Freedom Act, stalled and lawmakers in their home states and districts during a congressional recess.
“We’re in uncharted waters,” another senior member of the administration said at a briefing organized by the White House, where three officials spoke with reporters about the consequences of inaction by Congress. “We have not had to confront addressing the terrorist threat without these authorities, and it’s going to be fraught with unnecessary risk.” [emphasis in original]
Do not allow these fear-mongers make you think twice about allowing these Orwellian provisions to expire. Just remember this study as reported by security expert Bruce Schneier:
[Quoting the The Telegraph] According to the index, which ranks world cities by the likelihood of a terror attack based on historic trends, 64 cities around the world are at "extreme risk" of a terror attack.
Of these, the majority are in the Middle East (27) or Asia (19).
Some 14 are in Africa, where the rise of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab as well as political instability have increased risk.
Three are in Europe -- Luhansk (46) and Donetsk (56) in Ukraine, and Grozy (54) in Russia -- while Colombia's Cali (59) is the only South American city on the list.
Schneider comments that “No US city makes the list.” [emphasis mine]
Do not allow the government's primary means of control - propaganda - to convince you otherwise. Stand against the Patriot Act. (And rather than “anticommunism” being the “control mechanism” it is by far and away the idea of “terrorism.,” specifically, “Muslim terrorism.” The similarities are striking.)