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August 4, 2014

Your Last Chance to Reduce the NSA’s Spying Power

ACTION ITEM

 

Sen. Leahy reintroduced the USA FREEDOM Act on July 29.

 

This new version is a much better bill than what passed the House. That bill was so bad, those who originally co-sponsored it, voted against it. Security-state fetishists who originally opposed it, loved the water-down changes and voted for it.

 

But we cannot get the Leahy bill across the finish line without a lot of help. Please tell Congress to support it using DownsizeDC.org's Obey the Constitution campaign.

 

You may borrow from or copy this letter…

 

Obeying the Constitution means respecting the Fourth Amendment. That’s why you should pass pass THE SENATE's version of the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685) WITHOUT compromises. The Leahy bill…

  

* prohibits “bulk” collection of our private data

* allows private companies to tell the public about demands to hand over their customer data

* creates Special Advocates for privacy and civil liberties before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)

* requires FISC decisions to be published

 

This bill is the BARE MINIMUM of what you should do. You must also…

 

* Eliminate loopholes and vague language in this and other reform bills

* Support the Surveillance State Repeal Act (HR 2818), which repeals the Patriot Act and most of the FISA Amendments Act

* Repeal and defund any other privacy-busting laws or programs

 

NOBODY consented to living in an Orwellian world. Obey your oath and REPRESENT US!

 

…or make way to someone who will.

 

 

–END OF LETTER–

 

Send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

 

DownsizeDC.org was also part of a coalition of 40 groups recommending passage of the Leahy version of the USA Freedom Act. You can see the letter on our blog.

 

Then, please help spread the word using Social Media. Please, go to DownsizeDC.org's Facebook page today, and click “Like.”

 

And, whether you're clicking Like today or you did it in the past, please also note…

 

We post several items on Facebook most days. But you still might be missing our feeds!

 

Once you're on our Facebook page, look for the “Liked” button and click the down arrow on it.  

 

  • In that drop down menu, highlight and click on “Add to interest lists…”

  • When the box pops up, click “Next.”

  • If you don’t have any “interest lists” yet, Facebook will prompt you to create a list name. I named my list “Accurately Informed.”

  • Remember to click “Done.”

 

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer,

 

Jim Babka

President

DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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