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Activism Alert: Justin Amash's Defund The NSA Amendment

It’s been just over a month since the NSA’s dragnet surveillance program was leaked to the public. Tomorrow, Congress is voting on an amendment that would block funding for NSA programs that collect the call records of innocent Americans.

A win tomorrow may start a chain reaction – but it won’t happen unless we speak up. We have one day to convince Congress to act. Contact your congress member and tell them to support the Amash/HR 2399 amendment.

Congressional Switchboard Number: (202) 224-3121

A critical vote is happening TODAY, July 24th, on the Defense Appropriations Bill in the House of Representatives. The bill gives taxpayer money to fund defense programs, including NSA surveillance.

Yesterday, an important bipartisan amendment to that bill was green-lighted to be voted on tomorrow. Proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (MI), the amendment (HR 2399) would remove funding for blanket collection of phone records and metadata from cell phone service providers.

The summary of the amendment on the House of Representatives website reads:

Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.

The vote on this bill is critical. We need to flood Congress with calls in support of the HR 2399 amendment, and hold our representatives accountable.

More info and script: http://iroots.org/2013/07/23/activism-alert-defund-the-nsa/



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Called my Congresscritter's DC office

Greg Walden - Oregon 2nd District.

Young staffer was nice and seemed glad to get the call.

I mentioned the Amash amendment and also the Massie
amendment to cut any funding for Syrian rebels. He said
that they had been quite a few calls about the Amash
amendment.

I've not been all that impressed with Walden, but just
getting this to a roll call vote is big - we'll find out who
is actually going to stand up to this crap and who isn't
(and get to work replacing the latter).

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)

vocalized his intentions of supporting the Amash Amendment today on the Morning Show :)

"When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as 'free enterprise.' I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live..." - Robert A. Taft

Thanks, I hope people keep reporting in

Follow this example...the more we push about this, the more media buzz will be generated about this story.

A little activism tip: Don't call-in to make your case directly to the local news media. Call in with a question or a complaint. If you are having a sign wave, you call call in to complain about some unknown, maybe dangerous activity...and ask if they have any knowledge about it...is it a riot?

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Pressure!

Keep the pressure on People!

Recorded votes will tell us

Recorded votes will tell us who to get rid of in 2014. There's no excuse for continuing NSA spying programs on the American people. Glad to see Rep. Justin Amash on TV today.

Guardian and Antiwar.com links

House forces vote on amendment that would limit NSA bulk surveillance

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/23/house-amendment-...

Stop the NSA – Call the Congress Now!

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/07/23/stop-the-nsa-call-the-con...

Libertarian-Leaning Republicans Defy GOP Leadership on National Security

http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/07/22/libertarian-leaning-repub...

Please put the bill number in

Please put the bill number in the post above!

Congresspeople will not put your opinion in the right "file" if you do not mention the exact bill. It was hard for me to find the bill number, but this is it:

The House votes on HR2399 tomorrow to defund unconstitutional NSA spying.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2399/text

Call your representatives and tell them to support the bill and the 4th Amendment by supporting HR2399.

THIS ACTIVISM POST SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THE FRONT PAGE OF THE DAILY PAUL!

Thanks for the HR2399 number, I added it

Also, best endorsement, the White House is pissed and has responded w/ a laughable statement:
http://iroots.org/2013/07/24/white-house-responds-amash-nsa-...

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

Justin Amash's amendment front page of DailyKos right now!

Imagine that...probably the most libertarian congressman featured on DailyKos. It's something to behold: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/23/1225971/-House-to-v...

I hope we can get something on our front page - this vote is tomorrow.

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

Hey progressers, you have the

Hey progressers, you have the teabaggers vote to restore the 4th amendment. Thank me.

Let them know it's RINO season very soon

I'm going to tell mine that this is his last chance to redeem himself with a constitutional conservative vote before I/we actively push to primary him. Todd Young, IN - he came to speak to the YAL group here on campus several times and a few of us, unfortunately, helped him during his first campaign.

Let's encourage each other by reporting in w/ the results of our call...

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

I just called my congressman

person does not know his position, but will email with response. He's a freshman and a neocon type, so I really don't have much hope.

I thought he was from

I thought he was from Kentucky?

Who? Justin Amash?

No, he's from MI. He's been updating things on twitter: https://twitter.com/repjustinamash

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

oh. who is the young guy from

oh.

who is the young guy from Ky? I get them mixed up all the time.

Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie

right! my bad. I get them

right!

my bad.

I get them mixed up. Both very good and promising liberty minded reps.

Massie also has an amendment

that will be up for a vote - would kill funding for arming Syrian insurgents.

If you're calling/e-mailing about the Amash amendment you might want to mention
Massie's also..