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Subject: Legalizing illegal spying using secret legislation
Here's what we don't
know . . .
The name of the bill
The bill's number
The bill's wording
Apparently, if Congress told you any of these "top secret" things they would then have to kill you. But this is no joke.
Here's what we do
know . . .
There is an unclassified version of the bill that you can read, but no one really understands the full ramifications.
There is almost certainly a classified version of the bill that's even worse.
This secret legislation has a code name: the "FISA Modernization Act"
The President seems to consider the old version of the FISA law "primitive," and in need of "modernizing," because it contains a few meager protections for the American people
The "modernized" version of this law would probably allow the government to monitor all of your phone calls without a warrant, and with no meaningful limitations.
Here's what we're going to do . . .
We're going to oppose this nameless, numberless, secret legislation.
Need we say more to justify our opposition?
Someone reading this is probably thinking that of course the government needs secrets in order to protect us. We would encourage anyone who thinks that to please think a little deeper.
Terrorists may be evil, but they're not stupid. They're smart enough to assume that all of their calls are being monitored, with or without a "FISA Modernization Act."
Please remember that the terrorists responsible for the 9-11 attack always spoke in code when they used the telephone. They knew their calls were being monitored! We highly doubt that there is anything in the classified version of this secret FISA bill that the terrorists don't already know, and take into account.
So who is Congress trying to fool by keeping this legislation secret?
They are trying to fool you, of course, because they're certainly not fooling the bad guys.
Some in Congress are trying to exploit public fear and patriotism to usurp the power to monitor your phone calls and Internet traffic without the need for a warrant. Don't let them get away with it.
Here is the first requirement for responsible citizenship: stop trusting your government.
That is worth repeating. Here is the first requirement for responsible citizenship: stop trusting your government.
Our government has repeatedly and relentlessly shown itself to be untrustworthy and incompetent.
Big Monopoly Government deserves the penalty of the doubt at all times, because its power is so great, and its track record is so abysmally, horrendously bad.
Blind acceptance of government claims is not patriotism. It is foolishness.
Tell your elected representatives to kill the so-called "FISA Modernization Act."
We have more to say about this bill at our website. If you need more information to act, please click on the link and read for yourself.
Then, pass this message on to several of your friends, family, and colleagues.
Thank you for being a DC Downsizer.