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Association Formed to Fight Domestic
Spying on American Citizens by the NSA and Other Government Agencies
"Danger Posed to the Public by the NSA's Open and Gross Violations of the US Constitution."
Fort Fairfield Journal, July 17, 2013
(MMD Newswire) Grandville, Mich. - The Constitutional Rights Association, Inc. a new nonprofit corporation, announced today that it has been formed for the purpose of engaging the public in a campaign to end mass surveillance of the American public by the NSA and other governmental agencies. These mass surveillance campaigns, which are being coordinated by the NSA, were partly revealed and disclosed by former NSA systems administrator, Edward Snowden.
The mass surveillance and long term storage of surveillance data is known to include the cell phone Meta data for every phone call made or received by US citizens. This information about our phone calls is being uploaded on a daily basis from the phone companies to the NSA. While these programs are classified, reports in the media indicate that the NSA may also be collecting and storing, without a search warrant, all e-mails, twitter, facsimile and other electronic communications of all Americans.
These domestic spying programs are conducted without a warrant or probable cause and therefore violate the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. The NSA domestic spying programs are unconstitutional.
These programs have the potential to destroy our nation by changing the way we view ourselves and our relationship to government.
The Association intends to file for 501(c)4 status and plans to engage and reproach political candidates who support unconstitutional domestic spying programs, by informing the public of their positions and the potential consequences for our democracy.
The Association was formed because there is an absence of leadership on this critical issue. This absence is the result of leading figures in both major political parties having been complicit in the creation and continuation of these secret mass surveillance programs. As a result, the normal checks and balances which have traditionally kept this kind of government abuse at bay, are breaking down.
Already some people are becoming afraid to engage in political speech because the government is watching and keeping records. That view may be a bit paranoid now, but in the next couple of years as it really sinks in that everything that we do and say may be kept on electronic file by the NSA: every phone call, e-mail, text message, photograph, this now irrational fear will spread. We will slowly lose our right of free speech to fear. This will happen even if the government never uses the data.
People in third world countries try to stay out of politics, and they try to never express an opinion that could be “misinterpreted.” Are we going to live that way too in a few years?
Let us use the strength of our voices now while we can. Let us speak up now while the danger is at its weakest.
This press release and the formation of the Constitutional Rights Association is a call to action. We are calling on the American people to learn more about this critical issue to use our voices to say the most important word that a free people can say to their government: “No!”