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An Open Letter to Rep. John Shadegg

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Op-Ed/Open Letter  By James D. Best

James D. Best is the author of Tempest at Dawn, a novel about the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

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As someone who respects and admires you, I’m hugely upset with your recent vote in the House Commerce Committee. In your letter to the Wall Street Journal on September 24th, you claimed that, “I registered the lone protest present vote” against the Henry Waxman’s Blowout Prevention Act of 2010. This bill is theft of state authority over drilling permits on land and sea. All of it! And this in the same week that the national government grabbed control of the finance industry. And you vote present? More

Roll back the Patriot Act

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Quote of the Day: “The JUSTICE Act will allow intelligence agents to monitor terrorism suspects while putting checks in place to ensure that law-abiding Americans’ privacy and civil liberties are protected.” – Sen. Daniel Akaka
SUBJECT: Rolling Back the Patriot Act

Following 9/11, Congress passed the gargantuan USA PATRIOT Act, without reading it. The PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act were written to protect Americans from terrorism, but they’ve left people unprotected from their own government.

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“Emergency Control” of the Internet: S.773

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by Tom Burghardt
September 1, 2009

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Excerpted from the full article; here

As the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S.773) wends its way through Congress, civil liberties’ advocates are decrying provisions that would hand the President unlimited power to disconnect private-sector computers from the internet.

CNET reported August 28, that the latest iteration of the bill “would allow the president to ‘declare a cybersecurity emergency’ relating to ‘non-governmental’ computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat.”

Drafted by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), “best friends forever” of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the telecommunications industry, they were key enablers of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping and privacy-killing data mining programs that continue apace under Obama.As The New York Times revealed in June, a former NSA analyst described a secret database “code-named Pinwale, that archived foreign and domestic e-mail messages.” The former analyst “described being trained in 2005 for a program in which the agency routinely examined large volumes of Americans’ e-mail messages without court warrants. Two intelligence officials confirmed that the program was still in operation.”

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14964 Link to original article at Global Research

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