Target: Ms. Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America
Goal: Hold the NSA accountable for its illegal cell phone data surveillance program.
The NSA’s invasive collection of massive amounts of cell phone data has just been ruled illegal and those responsible for the program must be held accountable. A simple slap on the wrist or demotion will not suffice to right the wrongs that these shadowy figures have wrought. The leadership of this program must be terminated before they can find any new ways of subverting the law and the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the widespread collection of cell phone metadata by the NSA is not legal and never was; it was simply based on provision of the Patriot Act that had vague wording. This means that the heads of the program within the NSA are guilty of subverting the law and attempting to use unclear wording as a justification. In their ruling, the judges found that the program wasn’t even close to being legal and said, “We conclude that to allow the government to collect phone records only because they may become relevant to a possible authorized investigation in the future fails even the permissive ‘relevance’ test.”
The Federal Government has been overstepping its bounds in the name of “freedom” and protecting U.S. citizens from terrorism for too long. The men and women who headed this program and knowingly broke the law to collect the private information of millions of people must be held accountable. They must not be allowed to hide behind their anonymity or connections. Sign here to demand justice and an end to all unwarranted spying programs run by the NSA.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling deemed the mass collection of cell phone metadata, that the NSA has been taking part in for years, illegal. Not only is this unlawful and unwarranted data collection, which is closer to spying, illegal, it’s not even close to conforming with the loosely worded section of the Patriot Act that the NSA claims justified it.
What this means is that those responsible for this program have been subverting the law for the duration of the program. They have been knowingly taking actions that are outside of their bounds in the name of “security,” a truly ironic claim at best. In their ruling, the judges said, “We conclude that to allow the government to collect phone records only because they may become relevant to a possible authorized investigation in the future fails even the permissive ‘relevance’ test.”
This is a clear cut case of a government agency breaking the law and violating millions of people’s rights to privacy at the same time. For all of these reasons, I am writing to demand that these men and women be held accountable for their actions and dismissed from their positions immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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