Tell Sen. Feinstein: Defend the Constitution, not the National Security Agency

Constituents’ Letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein regarding massive NSA data collection

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Ask the Senator to:

1. Defend the Constitution, not the National Security Agency
2. Explain her position on the Fourth Amendment
3. Convene extensive public hearings on the nature and scope of the NSA data-mining

Please sign this letter today (signing block at end of letter) and let your friends know about it.

Dear Senator Feinstein,

As California voters, we are deeply concerned with your reaction to the recent revelations of massive privacy intrusions into the lives of ordinary, law-abiding citizens by the National Security Agency.

You took an oath of office swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States – not the NSA. Need we remind you of the very clear language of the Fourth Amendment?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The news that the NSA is scooping up the communications records of apparently every single resident in the United States does not leave us feeling secure. Your casual acceptance of this outrageous intrusion into our personal lives leave us feeling even less secure.

We do not accept your glib assertion that this monumental yet routine violation of the Fourth Amendment “has helped protect the nation.” Real protection for our citizens comes from the protections afforded us by the Bill of Rights. As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

We call on you to explain to the people of California, your constituents, why you believe the recently revealed NSA program is in keeping with the Fourth Amendment.
Furthermore, we call on you in your capacity as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee to convene immediate, extensive public hearings on the NSA program, with a full accounting of the intelligence being gathered and warehoused, and how such data mining relates to Constitutional protections for the people of this country.

The people of this country and the people of California will no longer tolerate secrecy and the erosion of our freedoms for the sake of “temporary safety.” It is time for this issue – and for you – to come out from behind closed doors.

Sincerely yours,