Target: Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin
Goal: Enact much-needed reform on government spying programs
Recent events brought to light a vast government spy network that collects all kinds of private information on U.S. civilians – without warrants or probable cause – in the name of fighting terrorism. While certain members of Congress have chosen to support this blatantly unconstitutional activity, there are at least some who believe that our civil liberties should not be trampled by unaccountable federal agencies. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin have proposed a bill called the USA Freedom Act, which would prohibit government agencies from amassing private civilian information. Sign this petition and commend them for their efforts.
One of the most important foundations of our legal system is the presumption of innocence. Unless evidence can be brought against you as proof of a crime, you must be presumed innocent by the law. The surveillance network of the National Security Agency (NSA) assumes that every citizen is guilty in order to justify collecting our private information. If we are automatically guilty in the eyes of our government, how do we have any freedom? We need checks on our intelligence agencies, to keep them from turning on the people they are supposed to protect.
Thanks to Senator Leahy and Congressman Sensenbrenner, we have a strong piece of legislation to hold against the NSA and our overpowered federal spy state in general. Sign the petition to commend these lawmakers for standing up for the rights of American citizens.
Dear Senator Leahy and Congressman Sensenbrenner,
We would like to applaud your efforts to fight back against the National Security Agency (NSA) and their overreaching surveillance programs. The American people have Constitutional rights to prevent the search and seizure of private information; thank you for defending those rights. Too many lawmakers embrace the idea of a government that monitors all of its citizens on the basis of fear and intimidation, and we appreciate your stand against this.
Many other Congresspeople have proposed new bills pertaining to the NSA surveillance programs, some of which would be a move in the right direction, but many of which are only disguised as reforms while actually broadening and strengthening intelligence agency powers. We hope that your bill will make a difference and help preserve the rights of American citizens.
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