[Libs-Or] ACTION ITEM: Act Now: Support the Amash Amendment to Stop Funding NSA Surveillance

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 12:33:31 PDT 2013


Act Now: Support the Amash Amendment to Stop Funding NSA Surveillance
Posted on July 23, 2013 by Jazzy Wright

Help put a stop to warrantless surveillance. Ask your congressional
representative today to vote *YES* on the Amash amendment in the Defense
Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has introduced an
amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397, that would stop
funding the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance programs.
Act now: http://capwiz.com/ala/callalert/index.tt?alertid=62783871

*Use This Message:* "The Amash amendment would limit the NSA domestic call
metadata program so that it could no longer collect such data in bulk. It
could only use 215 orders to collect phone records on an individual who is
the subject of a terrorism or espionage investigation. It would be a major
reform. Please vote *YES* on the Amash proposal."

The Amash proposal could make a big difference-a vote for it is a vote
against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephony
metadata collections. There is little time, so phone calls are recommended
over emails. The proposal has bipartisan co-sponsorship, including support
from Reps. Conyers, Mulvaney, Polis, and Massie. Facts about the Amash

   1. The Amash proposal is an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill
   (H.R. 2397) coming to a vote in the House, likely tomorrow, Wednesday, July
   24th. The proposal would stop funding NSA's warrantless surveillance
   2. The Administration has confirmed that Section 215 of the USA Patriot
   Act has been broadly interpreted and for seven years has tracked every
   phone call everyone in the US has made.
   3. While the administration initially claimed that the program was very
   rarely used, recent testimony indicates the opposite: the database is
   searched and innocent people not connected with any suspected terrorist,
   are caught up in the surveillance.
   4. While this amendment would not halt all NSA surveillance activities,
   it does take an important step requiring that this particular authority can
   only be used to collect information on those who are actually the subject
   of an investigation.
   5. House leadership introduced a "red herring" amendment that only
   serves to reinforce current law and all its excesses - A vote YES for the
   Nugent amendment does NOT solve the problem.

*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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