U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): "Need to strike the right balance National Security vs. Privacy"Submitted by savage99 on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 22:41
I sent an email to my U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) concerning the NSA Spying on all Americans; violating privacy rights of law abiding people. She replied and I returned my comments as follows. Any thoughts, comments, concerns? I shared with my friends and family; hope they put added pressure on their representatives. Thanks.
Re: Reply from Senator Gillibrand
To:Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Sent: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:21:05 -0400
Thank you Senator for the reply,
I read your response and offer the following
While it is welcoming to hear that our
representatives are listening to the deafening
roar of dissatisfied voters, constitutional
rights (Bill of Rights) of the Individual are
not to be infringed upon or compromised.
Therefore use of language that includes
"finding a balance" implies that we will continue
to compromise the rights of the Individual for the
sake of "the Collective Good".
Compromise on issues that involve individual rights
and liberties is what got us into trouble in the
first place; please remember that.
I don't have a problem with issuing specific warrants
to conduct legitimate, specific and limited surveillance
on ACTUAL terrorists. I don't accept anything less than
law makers' defense of individual rights in this country,
especially those rights of those who are NOT terrorists.
Law makers who continue to compromise and infringe
upon Individual Rights for the sake of "national security
and safety" will find themselves voted out of congress
by the majority of voters in this country. WE HAVE HAD
---- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote:
> August 1, 2013
> Dear Friend,
> Thank you for writing to me with regard to the NSA intelligence
> programs. It is extremely important that we strike the right balance
> between protecting the privacy of individuals while also protecting our
> national security. In doing so, Congress should ensure that individual
> privacy concerns are given full consideration and that we protect the
> Constitutional right of due process.
> I have always been a proponent of transparency within the government and
> I can assure you that this belief extends to the gathering of
> intelligence. As a matter of fact, I recently signed onto a bill that
> will reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court
> charged with overseeing requests for surveillance warrants.
> Specifically, this bill will create a Special Advocate who will be
> responsible for following FISA Court proceedings; an appellate review
> that will review FISA Court decisions on appeals; disclosure
> requirements by the Attorney General and reporting requirements from the
> Special Advocate. The American people deserve no less. I look forward
> to continuing this discussion in the future.
> Thank you again for writing to express your concerns, and I hope that
> you keep in touch with my office regarding future legislation. For more
> information on this and other important issues, please visit my website
> at http://gillibrand.senate.gov
> fgillibrand.senate.gov> and sign up for my e-newsletter.
> Kirsten E. Gillibrand
> United States Senator