After receiving an unresponsive reply from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to my letter requesting that she oppose any extension of the Patriot Act, I gave her office a phone call. I asked the person who answered the call to please write my comment down so that she could pass it along to the senator unedited. She said she would, and so I s-l-o-w-l-y told her this:
|I’m not a senator who has to play any political games in order to make my views have anything like the global impact that she does, but I can certainly make sure that on a small scale, my disagreement with the liberty that the senate and congress are attempting to steal from me – are known worldwide.
Here’s how I’ll do it, and here’s how television stations, newspapers and internet bloggers the world over are going to know that it’s her fault:
The next time I get called to federal jury duty, I promise you that if I even suspect that any of the evidence against the accused was acquired by use of Patriot Act provisions that ignore the accused’s 4th and 5th amendment rights, I will vote to acquit – the jury may only be hung, but I will NOT compromise – and I will publicly announce to any news outlet I can attract that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s personal disregard for her oath of office is what motivated, and is directly responsible for that possibly guilty person’s continued freedom.