As the news media scrambles to dramatize the leaks coming about the government’s level of surveillance over citizens and foreigners on U.S. soil, we want to ask the question, where were you all when the Patriot Act was passed? Or when the provisions added to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allow detention of US Citizens without charge or counsel?
What’s the big story NOW? It’s been 11+ years since the Patriot Act and NDAA began the infringement on our privacy and civil liberties. Are we just waking up? Did a possible or perceived defection to China enrage us to the point where we may take action? Or are we too complacent and too afraid of terrorists? Personally, we’re more afraid of fascism.
Many have fought the Patriot Act since day one. Some of those people are on the Congressional committees that have oversight. Where was their support when it would have made a difference?
On Monday of this week, Eric Cantor was asked by Norah O’Donnell on CBS THIS MORNING if the surveillance under President Obama is worse than under President Bush, and his answer was “I don’t know”. To which Ms. O’Donnell replied, “why don’t you know?” This smacks of smoke and mirrors.
Is the NSA story really a story? Or is it more of the same? Is there something else you’d like to talk about? A penny for your thoughts? Please call in today with your story, your opinion. Of course, facts are more than welcome.
Last month, we started fundraising offering free Restaurant.com Gift Certificates equal to the amount you donated to fund FREE THE ELECTED. Many of you have asked, what are you doing with the money? The 535 Campaign, which envisions in-district voters in contact with every elected representative in the House and Senate needs up to $50,000 for online infrastructure. We are excited, but we are not waiting. We will work and recruit volunteers as we build. Thank you to everyone who is already participating.