I Oppose the Extension of FISA

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted against your rights to privacy. Your rights to have a warrant issued upon probable cause in order for your information to be collected. Our Declarations of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”

I am disgusted by the House’s vote to extend FISA, especially with no safeguard for the American people.

Our founding document, where a new country was born, as we shed the oppressive yoke of British tyranny, states that Government is supposed to secure our rights, not infringe on them.

Under the guise of “national security,” power and control is continually consolidated in Washington, D.C.; this vote is evident of that fact. Since September 11, 2001, we have become less free. We cannot trust Republicans or Democrats, because it was under their watch, through bipartisan measures, that these attacks on civil liberties have occurred.

Few have had the fortitude to stand against these measures for fear of losing their offices. They believe if they stand against a “national security” measure, they will be seen as not caring about the United States. However, if they truly cared about the people, they would fight to preserve civil liberties.

I have consistently stood against these encroachments for the last ten years. It is time we send someone to the Senate to be a voice for liberty. Not lip service, but fearless advocacy for all people.

I hope that you will take a stand with me and that together we can start reversing the trend of control and right erosion. That we can build each other up for better tomorrows.

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