Beware of Covert Action

Former Senator Ron Paul has been a champion in favor of civil liberties throughout his career. His institute is reporting  as of November 28th that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan may take covert action to legalize warrant-less spying on all Americans by hiding language to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act deep within the year-end spending bill!

For this reason, in addition to informing our own elected officials to be conscious that a rider may be covertly inserted into the spending bill which will legalize warrant-less spying on all Americans, we now need a large number of phone calls and letters directly to McConnell and Ryan. The simple message is:

Every member of Congress has a duty to uphold the principles of transparency in government. It is essential that you do not attempt to hide any language in the year-end spending bill which extends Title VII or Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. First, you must know that the NSA had technology called ThinThread prior to 9/11 which would have detected and thwarted the attacks. That technology was in compliance with the Fourth Amendment and protected privacy due to three levels of encryption. Right after 9/11 the NSA implemented technology which removed the encryption, expanded bulk data collection, yet has completely failed in protecting the people of America. Now we neither have safety or the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Since national security and preservation of civil liberties are of utmost consequence, and since you took an oath to uphold the Constitution, any vote on Sec. 702 of FISA or issues which impact surveillance policies must be addressed through proper process, not a covert action such as sneaking the vote into a rider of unrelated legislation.

Thank you in advance for ensuring the United States goes no further down the road towards a “Stasi-like” Surveillance State.

Contact for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Phone: (202) 224-2541


Office to mail letters to:

Sen. Mitch McConnell
601 W. Broadway
Room 630
Louisville, KY 40202

Contact for Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan

Phone: (202) (202) 225-0600


Office to mail letters to:

Congressman Paul Ryan
5031 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Posted Nov. 29, 2017