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Make Representative Noem understand the Amash NSA amendment is important for civil liberties

July 23, 2013

Security Camera by Peter Griffin

A few days ago I blogged about the FISA court renewing the NSA’s power to spy on all Americans. To fight back in the name of civil liberties Representative Justin Amash has proposed an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 (HR 2397). The amendment is straightforward and cannot be ‘misinterpreted’ by the NSA. Here is the text of the amendment (PDF):


At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following new section:

SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to execute a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order pursuant to section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) that does not include the following sentence: ‘‘This Order limits the collection of any tangible things (including telephone numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming calls, and the duration of calls) that may be authorized to be collected pursuant to this Order to those tangible things that pertain to a person who is the subject of an investigation described in section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861).’’.

The key part of this bill is “that pertain to a person who is subject of an investigation”. Simply put, the FISA court cannot approve program such as PRISM that allows the NSA to collect data on all Americans. This should be a non-partisan issue. Every American that cares about civil liberties should not want the NSA spying on all citizens.

Tonight (Tuesday) or tomorrow there is expected to be debate on the amendment. It is also expected that the actual vote for this amendment will happen tomorrow (Weds, July 24).

It is imperative that American citizens let their Representatives know they support civil liberties and Justin Amash’s amendment. Ironically Amash had to work directly with Boehner to get the amendment on the floor since Republican leadership is opposed to it. That is one reason I fear South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem will vote against liberty. She has shown herself to be a tool of House leadership on any issue that doesn’t have to do with farm welfare. Going into this vote it is imperative that South Dakota citizens let Rep Noem know they do NOT want the NSA spying on them.

Here are some methods to let Rep Noem know we expect her to stand against the NSA:

Go to Defund the NSA website. This website provides information on how to contact your Representatives and also provides a script for those who can’t think of what to say.

Call Rep Noem’s DC office at 202-225-2801

Send Rep Noem a tweet at @RepKristiNoem

Post on Rep Noem’s Facebook Page

I have hope Justin Amash has enough support to get the Amendment passed in the House. But i currently have no faith Representative Noem will vote Yea to it. I believe she will use the lobby efforts of the NSA today as a reason for her Nay vote; but in reality she will vote Nay because Boehner told her to. I would urge anyone in South Dakota to lobby Rep Noem into putting the civil liberties of South Dakotan’s over the will of her leadership and the lobbying efforts of the NSA.


PS. Ironically President Obama has promised to veto this amendment. It is almost getting old saying this: Remember President Obama, he is the one that campaigned on a transparent government…

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