Van Hollen, Delaney: Wrong on NSA
Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8) and John Delaney (D-MD-6): you have deeply disappointed and dismayed Montgomery County Maryland voters by voting against the Amash-Conyers Amendment. This was a bipartisan initiative that would have defunded unconstitutional surveillance activities by the NSA. It failed by only 7 votes. Two of them were yours.
We, the undersigned, expect you to honor our Constitutional rights by:
1. Co-sponsoring and voting for legislation to prohibit bulk collection of our communications metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, or any other authority, to clearly bar use of these statutes for prospective surveillance, and to enable review of violations in adversarial proceedings before a public court.
2. Co-sponsoring and voting for legislation that will incorporate more rigorous safeguards in Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act to prohibit the warrantless collection of the content of communications by, and metadata concerning U.S. persons or people inside the United States, and to enable review of violations in adversarial proceedings before a public court.
3. Co-sponsoring and voting for legislation requiring executive agencies to report the total number of requests made to communications companies for user data and content, including what specific authorities are being used, what types of data, and the number of individuals affected by each request.
4. Co-sponsoring and voting for legislation establishing a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should also create additional specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance, and should investigate those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance, and/or for misleading Congress about it.
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