If you like your NSA surveillance program, you can keep it

In July, an amendment sponsored by Rep Justin Amash failed to pass muster in the House.  This amendment would have ended the “indiscriminate collection” of American’s telephone records, to those records that pertain to a person who is subject to an investigation under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

It failed, 217-205.

The vote was very close, and disappointing for citizens who believe that their Constitutional right to privacy is being violated on a daily basis.  Frankly, I’m amazed that this has gotten so little play in the Press.

I have a message for those Americans who like their NSA surveillance program:  You can keep it. 

For the rest of us, Rep. Amash is now sponsoring a new bill.

big-brotherThe legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency’s ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a “back door” to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants.

“It’s getting out of control. “… “(Courts are issuing) general warrants without specific cause, … and you have one agency that’s essentially having superpowers to pass information onto others.”  —  Justin Amash, 11/6/2013.

Surprisingly, John Boehner and the establishment GOP is against this legislation.  This disgraceful group of so-called conservatives includes my own Congress-critter, Gregg Harper.

Is your Congressman on the list of those who voted against the original legislation?  Check here to see.  Then, send them a note, and let them know what you think.

This is truly an idea whose time has arrived.

Domestic surveillance: It’s worse than you think

By Philip Bump, writing at The Atlantic Wire

Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?

Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.

michele-catalano-pj-media[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …

Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.

The men identified themselves as members of the “joint terrorism task force. ” The composition of such task forces depend on the region of the country, but, as we outlined after the Boston bombings, include a variety of federal agencies. Among them: the FBI and Homeland Security.

So, how did the government know what they were Googling?

Just a week ago, Congress voted down the Amash Amendment which would have reined in the NSA surveillance program.  As you probably know, the vote was extremely close.  My Congressman, Gregg Harper voted against it, and I’m none too happy about it.  What happened to the Catalanos could have happened to you, me, anyone.

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the newly announced GOP candidate for Senate,  also voted “No.”  Cotton described meta data as nothing more than a five column Excel spreadsheet.

“It’s in a lock box. It can’t even be searched,” he said. (emphasis mine-ed.)

A lock box?  Isn’t that what they said about Social Security?  They were wrong about that, and I suppose we see now that Tom’s conclusion was also wrong.  Bad wrong.

Enough is enough.

It’s high time to take back our status as free citizens of the Republic.

Stand up, America!

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