Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: End the large-scale government surveillance of phone call records in the U.S.
A five member group, appointed by President Barack Obama, reviewed surveillance practices in the United States and found that much of the surveillance was not necessary and undermined basic human rights. After their findings, the panel joined policy makers, rights organizations, and security experts in championing for surveillance reforms in the United States. There were several key findings during the panel’s review, including cell phone data collection, foreigners’ privacy rights, and oversight and whistle blower reform.
The panel found that the collection of phone data under the PATRIOT act uncovered little information useful for preventing terrorist attacks. They also claimed that if the government or any organization needed information from phone companies, it would be readily available. Because there was no sufficient justification to have a massive collection of phone data, the panel states that the data should be terminated and the practice halted. The panel also found that a foreigner’s right to privacy was being intruded upon, even though privacy is a basic human right. It also advocated for better ways to receive whistle blower complaints.
The panel recommends the government end the large scale collection of phone data records, implement judicial reviews of surveillance requests, and increased transparency. The panel is also urging that greater protection be given to foreigners, an issue that has not been supported so strongly by other rights groups. Sign this petition if you believe that this data surveillance should be deleted and stopped.
Dear President Barack Obama,
I am writing this letter to discuss the findings of your five member panel formed to investigate the collection of metadata on U.S. citizens. As I understand it, this panel found that the collection of data was not necessary; they could not find a reason for it to exist. Thus, they recommended that it be terminated as soon as possible and the collection halted.
I cannot agree more.
The panel found very little evidence to suggest a terrorist attack was being committed over the phone, and determined that the nation was violating basic human rights by keeping foreigners under surveillance. The United States government is violating a human right by intruding on someone’s privacy, especially if that person has not done something wrong. I ask that you follow the panel’s recommendation, as the nation despises the thought of Big Brother looming over their private lives. I also ask that you implement a judicial review of any surveillance requests. I understand that surveillance can be necessary, but like a search warrant, there should be a request and a need before treading on someone’s rights.
[Your Name Here]
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