…this is excerpted from an email from Credo on the NSA surveilling of virtually every Americans digital communications and the consequent need for the repealing of the Patriot Act…
The petition to Congress reads:
“The widespread, indiscriminate government spying on Americans suspected of no wrongdoing violates our constitutionally protected civil liberties. I call on you to support Rep. Mark Pocan’s and Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill to repeal the PATRIOT Act and rein in unconstitutional government spying.”
I should advocate for:
Representatives Mark Pocan and Thomas Massie just introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act, which would to repeal the PATRIOT Act and restore our constitutionally protected civil liberties.
For far too long, “national security” has been both a way for the government to override civil liberties objections and a way to squelch debate.
But we must recognize that the surveillance apparatus created by the merging of our spy agencies with private communications telecommunications and Internet companies is potentially so broad and indiscriminate that it tramples not only our privacy, but endangers our citizens’ right to free speech and association guaranteed by the Constitution.