White House Opposes Amash's NSA Amendment / Call Congress!Submitted by ewrp on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 20:38
Rep. Justin Amash has offered an amendment to HR 2397 (the DoD appropriations bill) that would limit NSA's collection of records to only individuals who are subject to investigations.
There is a full court press by the establishment to defeat the amendment. The Director of the NSA held two two-hour classified meetings today with House members. Speaker Boehner has spoken against the amendment. Now, the White House has issued a statement opposing the amendment.
The Amash Amendment will be debated and voted on Wednesday night.
PLEASE call or email your Congressman and urge them to support the Amash Amendment.
You can find your Congressman's contact info here:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2013
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Amash Amendment
In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens. The Administration has taken various proactive steps to advance this debate including the President’s meeting with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, his public statements on the disclosed programs, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s release of its own public statements, ODNI General Counsel Bob Litt’s speech at Brookings, and ODNI’s decision to declassify and disclose publicly that the Administration filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. We look forward to continuing to discuss these critical issues with the American people and the Congress.
However, we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools. This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation.