Standing Against the Surveillance State

In my last blog post, entitled “Rep. Quigley Votes to Spy on You”, I pledged to stand against bringing blanket surveillance to this country. At that time, I believed, like most of us, that blanket surveillance had not yet come.

I was appalled that Mike Quigley had just voted in favor of CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), thereby supporting snooping into all our emails, Internet searches, and Facebook posts. He voted to shred our constitutional right to be protected from unreasonable search.

It was bad enough for Mike Quigley to be in favor of Big Brother stalking our every move on the Internet. Now the courageous whistleblower Edward Snowden has outed the National Security Agency (NSA) for its surveillance of millions of Americans' cellphone calls and Internet use. Big Brother and blanket surveillance are here – and have been here for some time.

What is Mike Quigley’s response?

Silence.

Why isn’t Mike Quigley calling loudly for a Congressional investigation into the NSA? Why isn’t he proposing legislation to stop the NSA's apparatus of spying on every American?

How can he? He already voted in favor of it.

As your Representative I would call on Congress to protect our constitutional rights, to investigate NSA abuses.  That's what should be happening now in light of Edward Snowden's revelations.  But our current Congress is full of people, both Republicans and Democrats, who have no interest in upholding the Constitution and defending our rights.  If we want Washington to be accountable, we're going to have to remove the people from office who aren't interested in truly fighting for us.

We cannot allow the apparatus of oppression to stand unopposed and unquestioned. I will keep speaking out against the surveillance state.  The next time you see Mike Quigley or contact his office, ask why he supports blanket surveillance and why he doesn't support the Bill of Rights.  And then tell him that he's lost yet another vote – yours.

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Wade In Congress posted about Standing Against the Surveillance State on Wade In Congress' Facebook page 2013-06-24 11:14:28 -0500
Standing Against the Surveillance State We cannot allow the apparatus of oppression to stand unopposed and unquestioned. I will keep speaking out against the surveillance state.