You are a government file. They know who you call, and for how long. They know intimate information about your family and your personal habits. They know the organizations you belong to, and the charities you give to. They know the types of things you read about on the Internet, and the subjects you talk about in your emails and instant messages.
They are in charge of the data they collect, and they are in charge of how they use it. Will it be to influence election results, changing the course of our nation? Will it be to harass you or family members over a membership? Will it be to deny you a right, such as the IRS did to Tea Party organizations? Will it be to shut you up and stop you from speaking your truth?
There is no legal warrant for this. You have not been charged with a crime, or even suspected of committing one. This is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Tell Congress to stop “dragnet-style” spying on American citizens. If you do not speak up now, you may literally be forced to FOREVER hold your peace.
The book "Top Secret America" by journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin reports that the National Security Agency collects and stores 1.7 billion emails, phone calls, and other types of communications” each day, and “sorts a fraction of those into 70 separate databases.”
You better be listening, because the government is. When the subject of government spying comes up, it is tempting for many to become defiant and say, “I’m only calling my parents/child/friend” every week and I make phone calls to my doctor. They won’t find anything here. Let them keep listening.” You may feel that it’s okay for the government to collect data about you, because you aren’t associating with terrorists and you are not of interest to them.
But, you are very much of interest to the government. This is not about terrorism. That is how they are trying to justify it, but it’s not about terrorism.
This is about data collection, manipulation and ultimately, control.
They may not be interested today or tomorrow in what you are up to and how you live your life, but ultimately, they will be. The IRS targeted conservatives. The White House intimidated journalists. This administration wants to take away your Second Amendment rights. The United Nations wants to alter your way of life in order to save the planet from global warming.
When will it become normal to live this way? The plot to George Orwell’s novel “1984” details a society “of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes. Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of supposed greater good.”
Is this our future?
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), has filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court to end the NSA’s domestic telephone surveillance program. EPIC says the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( FISA) “exceeded its statutory jurisdiction when it ordered production of millions of domestic telephone records that cannot plausibly be relevant to an authorized investigation. Because the NSA sweeps up judicial and congressional communications, it inappropriately arrogates exceptional power to the executive branch.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has introduced a bipartisan bill that would force the government to answer to FISA’s interpretation of the Patriot Act. It challenges the legality of this surveillance. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has also introduced a bill that would “stop the National Security Agency from spying on citizens of the United States.”
Those speaking out need our support. This issue cannot get lost in the immigration debate or the scandal of the day. Don’t let Congress ignore your rights to First and Fourth Amendment protection while they focus on giving Constitutional and legal protection to those who weren’t born here.
Tell them to stop the illegal and intrusive NSA surveillance, and that you will be watching how they vote on issues that affect your Fourth Amendment rights.
They may not be coming for you today; but are you certain they won’t target you tomorrow?