NSA Powers Must Be Curtailed by Congress

By | August 8, 2013

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Congress must fight to rein in powers of NSA

On Sunday, American author Naomi Wolf posted a message on Facebook, referring to an article by The Guardian that was posted on August 2nd.

Wolf also posted a similar message on Twitter:

 

These are messages of great emphasis and they stress the importance of citizen action and that the public be aware of one particular phenomenon in Congress:

The new legislation being pushed to rein in the powers of the NSA.

In addressing this congressional action, Naomi Wolf asked the public to “call every lawmaker mentioned in this Guardian article about the push to legislate NSA spying out of our nation — especially Justin Amash and Ron Wyden.”

Justin Amash is a republican representative out of Michigan, and Ron Wyden is a  democratic senator out of Oregon.

According to Wolf, Amash and Wyden “said the brave and right things when they were alone in doing so, and no leakers’ material supported the winds at their backs.” This is a great example of integrity that’s rarely seen in today’s Congress.

Here is the first paragraph of the Guardian article:

“Members of Congress are considering 11 legislative measures to constrain the activities of the National Security Agency, in a major shift of political opinion in the eight weeks since the first revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.”

It seems that the revelations by Edward Snowden are not to be undermined by media propaganda and distractions, such as charges that Snowden is a ‘traitor’ or that his leaks were light in substance, and insignificant.

Congress has hopefully had enough time to absorb what the implications are, in having such a wide-range of powers invested in one agency that are unchecked, with the likelihood of significant abuses that would lead to the destruction of many lives, along with the deterioration of our democracy, and rule of law.

The NSA has to be held to real accountability, not able to execute actions with impunity or proper scrutiny. There’s an old saying that still applies today and that is the fact that “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and all human beings are vulnerable to temptation, despite what Chief Justice Roberts claims about the other justices on his Supreme Court.

According to Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian:

“The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they’ve collected over the last several years. And what these programs are, are very simple screens like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address and it does two things: it searches a database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you’ve entered. And it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address of that IP address do in the future.”

Just from that previous excerpt, I can already imagine the ideas that can be stolen from people, and used to the benefit of the analysts who finds out about a new, revolutionary invention, where they’re able to patent the idea right from under the very person they stole the idea from!

George Orwell couldn’t have foreseen this type of ‘Big Brother’ surveillance by the NSA. This is 1984 times a million.

We need to push for this legislation, folks, with everything we have in our American bodies.

The Founders did not intend for the U.S. Constitution to be circumvented by authoritarian government, and we can’t let their intentions go in vain with complacency and ignorance.

Get involved and let your Congress know that you didn’t sign up to have your right to privacy taken away, under the guise of national security, and that you want your government to abide by the Constitution, instead of allowing the NSA to spy on you without just cause.

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