Letter to my Congressman...&...His AnswerSubmitted by platoonleader on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 17:23
This is the letter I wrote to Ed Whitfield, my congressman:
Congressman Whitfield, I think it's sad that our media, and therefore many of your constituents, have almost all but completely forgotten that you, the government monitor EVERYTHING we do. From phone calls, to emails, to skype, all of it. We focus on how Snowden is a "traitor" when he in fact DID tell US the truth when our own government officals LIED about the issue to our representatives and the representatives that knew were kept by law from speaking out, which is funny, because the oath to the Constitution is broken daily.
Many don't care. But I'm not a fool, and I know this district too, I've lived here my entire life and I've heard the lines that keep our good citizens misled and paralyzed into their predictable voting patterns. The people are waking up to all of the government intrusion. The IRS, the spying, the assassination of U.S. Citizens OPENLY, the NDAA (Which you voted for) and much, much more. Before you judge me, I am a 1LT Infantry officer in the ARNG, I volunteered during a time of "war" for the defense of this country. However, I am first and foremost a citizen of this once great nation. I understand my oath to the Constitution well, and per that oath, I swear allegiance to the Constitution only. What the NSA, and our government as a whole are allowing to happen here is an atrocity. The repercussions of this will end this nation as we know it IF it hasn't already. When the government knows where we hide our keys, when we are home, who we have dated, where we've been, everything we've said and done digitally...how can we know that any election is fair? How can we know that any official in any office isn't being blackmailed? The possibilities are endless.
I want an answer SPECIFICALLY to this question. How does the massive NSA spying keep us safe?
I want an answer to this question, keeping it in perspective that Operation Able Danger identified several of the terrorist cells on 9-11 and they were ignored and an attempt was made to discredit them... This is not conspiracy theory, it's a fact, one admitted to by Condoleezza Rice during the 9-11 Commission. Intel has been abundant before and after this, more than enough to keep us safe and as usual, it's a scare tactic. If we want to give all this credit to our military for being brave to keep us free, then why is there no credit to be given to the citizen who is brave enough to actually be free? I could not be more sincere, nor could I be more concerned about the survival of our country right now. You know the right thing to do is to bring attention to this issue, and make a vote happen, a vote to actually give us freedom. Give us privacy, and be a conservative and actually uphold the Constitution and end this breach of the Constitution...which no matter how those in Washington see it, is STILL the LAW OF THE LAND!
Dear Mr. ********:
Thank you for contacting me about domestic surveillance activities carried out by the National Security Administration (NSA).
As mentioned in your letter, former Central Intelligence Agency technician and private security contractor, Edward Snowden, provided classified information to The Guardian on the PRISM surveillance program and the NSA call database. I certainly understand the concern that such programs would infringe on an individual's right to privacy, and I believe that personal information should be protected. While the NSA and other security agencies have a duty to use the tools and resources necessary to prevent another attack on American soil, they must appropriately balance the needs of ensuring the safety of the American people and protecting an individual's privacy.
Regarding your question on the effectiveness of these programs, NSA Director, General Keith Alexander, testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee on June 18th that more than 50 terrorist plots have been disrupted by surveillance programs. I believe there is much to be learned about the effectiveness and execution of these programs and I will continue to follow this matter closely.
It is truly an honor and privilege to represent Kentuckians of the First Congressional District. As a country, we find ourselves in trying times with difficult decisions and policy debates on the horizon. I will continue to advance items that are in the best interest of my constituents, the Commonwealth, and our nation. Your input is critical as I participate in these decisions and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
Member of Congress
Ok, this is the repeated crap from our elected officials that proves my point. There will not be change until there is violence. NO, I'm not calling for armed rebellion in DC, so no one flips out and thinks I'm a terrorist, AGAIN. But until we are pissed enough to physically stand up for what we believe, via civil disobedience, which will in turn lead to violence against us, there will be no change. If they attack us, when we peacefully assemble to demand change, then maybe it's understandable that we would rebel like our founders ("The insurgents" as our government calls them. I have been told this in federal military courses, which technically, yea). Either way, we are not going to change things by doing what we are doing now...just talking. The talking is bringing more and more people to the truth, which is AWESOME and knowledge is power, but until we reach the point where we DEMAND a change and are willing to face bodily harm, there will be no change. I've seen the rapid change in our society and people lately, keep up the work. We are starting to get the numbers to demand that change. Just keep in mind what it's going to take in the end.
Read In Context, (haha)