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October 19, 2012

Do you want spy drones in your skies?

Quote of the Day: “Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.” – Marlon Brando

In eight years there could be 30,000 spy drones in American skies.

Homeland Security claims this will make you safer.

I don’t buy it. That’s why I wrote Congress using DownsizeDC.org’s “I Am Not Afraid” campaign. Please join me.

The hardwired message says…

I am not afraid of terrorism. I want you to stop being afraid on my behalf. End your politically profitable war on terror.

I added these additional comments, which you may borrow from or copy…

The terror threat is exaggerated. Virtually all the foiled “terror plots” are FBI stings.

I don’t need you to spy on me from the sky. Your drone cameras have a see-through imaging capacity to watch my every move, even indoors. I don’t want that!

Can I trust the Federal State to use these drones responsibly? Why should I?

Since 9/11 both parties have waged total war on my privacy…

* You gave the FBI power to look at my personal records without a warrant.

* You legalized wiretapping without a warrant.

* You fund the NSA’s recording of my online activities. (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1)

I conclude…

Drones will be the eyes and ears of Big Brother.

When my neighbors and I are being watched, especially by the State, our behavior changes – even if we're doing nothing wrong. We don’t want to do anything deemed 'suspicious' or open to misinterpretation.

That’s why 'being watched' violates my liberty. That’s why I demand you prohibit federal use of drones unless…

* They comply with the Fourth Amendment’s search warrant requirements.

* Any personal data not relevant to a criminal investigation is destroyed.

Without these minimal safeguards, your drones do not have my consent!

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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