I wish this guy godspeed.
(Whatever that means today.)
After countless revelations about the NSA's rampant domestic surveillance of innocent people, a group of experts, hand-picked by the President himself, have issued a report with specific recommendations to rein in the NSA. The Review Group carefully analyzed the NSA's activities, and recently proposed changes that would protect our personal privacy, at no expense to our national security.
These proposals were presented as a coherent, comprehensive plan - and they should be treated as such. The President gave a speech recently and announced that he would accept a few of these proposals, but not all of them. That's not good enough. No one - not the President, nor the Defense Department, nor the so-called "Intelligence Community" - should get to cherry-pick which proposals they'll actually implement. The Review Group set forth a global program, not a menu.
We shouldn't have to trade our privacy and freedom for our safety. And we don't. The Review Group's recommendations proved that point, and showed us the way forward.
The Review Group's program is a serious start to reining in the spying-industrial complex. But without our support, that program will suffer crib death.
The spying-industrial complex will never reform itself. They never met a byte they didn't like, or want. That's why I've introduced the "Big Brother Is Not Watching You Act" - to curb the NSA's infatuation with spying on innocent Americans. My one-page bill directs the President to implement each and every one of the Review Group's 46 recommendations, within one year or less. Not just a few. Not half. Not even most. All of them.
If you agree, then please sign your name on our petition at MindYourOwnBusinessAct.com, and I'll deliver your signatures to the White House. Together, we'll tell the President that we demand real reform of the spying-industrial complex, and we won't accept anything less.
Why? Because we are human beings - free, autonomous men and women who cherish our privacy, and respect the privacy of all others. We are not cattle.
Rep. Alan Grayson
P.S. Please, please, please forward this to your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else who is sick of the NSA's ubiquitous and unnecessary surveillance of innocent people. Urge them to sign the petition, and share it on Twitter, Facebook, everywhere. There is strength in numbers.
And now, back to the future:
We wrote a song about ya,
And just how much we loved ya,
How wrong could we be?
12 March 14
t was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA's continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power. By blatantly concealing what Feinstein condemned as "the horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed," the spy agency now acts as a power unto itself, and the agency's outrages have finally aroused the senator's umbrage.
As Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, chair of the Judiciary Committee that will be investigating Feinstein's charges noted, "in 40 years here, it was one of the best speeches I'd ever heard and one of the most important." That was particularly so, given that Feinstein's searing indictment of the CIA's decade-long subversion of congressional oversight of its torture program comes from a senator who previously has worked overtime to justify the subversion of democratic governance by the CIA and other spy agencies.
But clearly the lady has by now had enough, given the CIA's recent hacking of her Senate committee's computers in an effort to suppress a key piece of evidence supporting the veracity of the committee's completed but still not released 6,300-page study that the CIA is bent on suppressing.