Resolution Rebuking Unconstitutional Surveillance Program Heading to Summer RNCSubmitted by LibertyRoll on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 15:01
LibertyRoll is thrilled to announce that Nevada Republican National Committeewoman Diana Orrock will be chief sponsor of the "Resolution to Repudiate, Renounce, and Reject the National Security Agency's Unconstitutional Surveillance Program". She will be asking the Republican National Committee to take immediate and decisive action to send an unmistakable message to Congress to remember their oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office.
"Our Constitution is our nation's law of the land. For far too long, the majority of our representatives in all levels of government, have been derelict in their duty to abide and govern by their oath to the Constitution and the enumerated powers therein. This can no longer be tolerated, condoned, or ignored by any of us." Diana Orrock
Diana, a charter member of LibertyRoll.com, has been a faithful proponent of liberty and with this sponsorship, continues that long-standing position.
The Resolution reads as follows:
Resolution to Repudiate, Renounce, and Reject the National Security Agency's Unconstitutional Surveillance Program
Whereas newspapers across the world have revealed and confirmed the existence of a secret surveillance program called PRISM, which targets, among other things, the surveillance of communications of US citizens on a vast scale and the monitors searching habits of virtually every American on the internet;
Whereas the above-mentioned leaks reveal that this dragnet program is, as far as we know, the largest surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens*, consisting of the mass acquisition of Americans’ call details encompassing all wireless and landline subscribers of the country’s three largest phone companies;
Whereas every time an American citizen makes a phone call the NSA gets a record of the location, the number called, the time of the call and the length of the conversation;
Whereas the invasion into the personal lives of American citizens violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment;
Whereas the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, that warrants shall issue only upon probable cause, and generally prevents the American government from issuing modern-day writs of assistance;
Whereas the Congress and citizens of the United States have been told outright lies by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, leaving all to wonder what the truth about the spying on American citizens actually is;
Whereas unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society and this program represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy and goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act;
Whereas Republican House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Section 215’s passage, called the Section 215 surveillance program “an abuse of that law,” writing that, “based on the scope of the released order, both the administration and the FISA court are relying on an unbounded interpretation of the act that Congress never intended”;
Whereas the United States government has endorsed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which makes it clear that all citizens—not just American citizens—have a right not to be subjected to “arbitrary interference” with “privacy, family, home or correspondence.”
Therefore the Republican National Committee;
Resolves to encourage Republican lawmakers to enact legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
Resolves to encourage Republican lawmakers to call for a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance as well as hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance;
Resolves to call upon Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's and the FBI's data collection programs.
*AT&T has 107.3 million wireless customers and 31.2 million landline customers. Verizon has 98.9 million wireless customers and 22.2 million landline customers while Sprint has 55 million customers in total.”
You can help Diana make sure the Republican National Committee takes swift action by signing the petition in support at:
For more information see the following:
European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2013 on the US National Security Agency surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and their impact on EU citizens' privacy.
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