Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Curb NSA surveillance on private citizens by adopting the recommendations of Intelligence and Communications Technology task force.
It is no longer under wraps that the National Security Agency has been keeping tabs on the U.S. public for quite some time. Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, is now seeking temporary asylum in Russia for leaking documents disclosing the unjust phone surveillance that has been going on. Former President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing the Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism), on October 26, 2001. In essence, this act stripped American citizens of their privacy and expanded the usage of National Security Letters. National Security Letters allow the FBI to search telephone, financial, and e-mail records without a court order.
The parameters of this Act are extremely unconstitutional, and once this “power” is abused it is a human rights violation. The NSA are severe perpetrators of our rights, by monitoring our every phone call and e-mail and storing this data within their walls. It has been reported that the NSA uses this information not just for governmental purposes, but also to sell to businesses and perpetuate consumer science in their favor.
The White House’s Intelligence and Communications Technology task force gave a letter to President Obama, delineating 46 recommendations regarding the NSA – a top recommendation being that the NSA should stop storing data relinquished by processing calls from US phone companies. The five panel task force is also suggesting to decrease the amount of National Security Letters granted, and strict limits on which outside sources can gain information from obtained by the NSA. Another vital aspect to this list, is more transparency at the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).
Sign this petition and urge President Barack Obama to strongly consider these recommendations, and curb the problem of NSA surveillance.
Dear President Barack Obama,
The U.S. American people are aware of the hoards of documents that are being kept of their phone calls. This practice of the NSA spying on and keeping records of U.S. citizens is a direct violation of human rights. Especially because a lot of the data is being sold and bartered to big business.
A federal judge has found this program to be unconstitutional, which has preempted the Intelligence and Communications Technology to delineate recommendations of revisions for the program. Among these revisions, limits would be set on who can access information obtained by the NSA. There would also be a call for transparency at the FISC and Public Interest Advocates favoring privacy of private citizens before the FISC. There would also be a limit of National Security Letter given and stricter parameters in order to obtain one.
All of these are truly to ensure the privacy and independence of United States citizens. A country cannot be successful without the trust and safety of the public. Allowing the NSA to blatantly violate our human rights is immoral and unethical.
President Obama, I implore you to pass the recommendations given by the Intelligence and Communications Technology to ensure the privacy, safety, and happiness of the U.S. American people.
[Your Name Here]
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