Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Strengthen privacy laws in the United States
Recently, the United States made changes to the Freedom Act that have human rights groups in uproar. The bill no longer provides protection to non-U.S. persons and provisions meant to protect U.S. citizens are vague and meager. To ensure that United States citizens continue to enjoy their right to privacy, this bill needs to be modified.
When Edward Snowden revealed to the public that the United States has a massive database of phone calls and other private information, there was massive public outcry. Despite this, the country continues to violate privacy law. Violating privacy laws is a huge crime, and as a pioneer of human rights, the United States needs to respect this. Under international law, the United States can legitimately place surveillance on a citizen when the individual can predict future consequences and the act is based on reasonable suspicion, a warrant has been issued meant to fight a legitimate and serious crime, and is non-discriminatory.
This bill violates many of the international standards for surveillance. The United States had no legitimate reason to collect data from so many innocent civilians, and intends to violate the law again. This bill is discriminatory because it doesn’t give the same rights to non-U.S. persons. Foreign exchange students and others who are in the country on a Visa could be subjected to surveillance. While in the United States, these people should have these rights too.
Sign this petition and urge the Speaker of the House to amend the bill to give all who enter the United States the right to privacy. Many of our citizens and immigrants are simply trying to live a normal and peaceful life. Unless the United States has evidence and legitimate reason to set up surveillance cameras, the country has no right to violate privacy rights.
Dear John Boehner,
Recently, the House of Representatives made changes to the Freedom Act that many human rights groups do not agree with. Note that I am also adding my voice to this disagreement. With Edward Snowden revealing to the public that the United States has kept a massive database of private information on their citizens, you would think the country would realize that the citizens care about their privacy rights. The changes made to this bill provide no protection to non-U.S. citizens, and very vague protections for U.S. citizens.
I am writing to tell you that I disagree with these changes. I am here to demand that these changes be removed, and our privacy laws strengthened. All persons in the United States have the right to privacy. A human right is an inherent one, no matter their nationality or citizenship status. Unless there is a legitimate reason to begin surveillance, the United States needs to leave their citizens in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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