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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

H.R 2471 -

Friends and readers.... this will be a different post today as I have limited time to write...

But once again the "leaders" of this coutnry are attempting to eliminate a portion of the bill of rights...

H.R 2471 is an exsisting house resolution being pushed through to get the language of it changed to allow law enforcement officials to read electronic communications without a warrent...

I sent a letter to my congress person today regarding it... here is the language of my letter;


Dear Congressmen (Insert Congress Persons Name Here)
Thank you for taking the time to read my correspondence.
Recently it has come to my attention that once again one of your fellow legislators has chosen once again to pursue a course in eliminating our citizen’s fourth amendment rights.
I as well as others here in my community are aware that on November 29th the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a vote to amend H.R 2471.  From my research I find this to be a summary of the changes;
The amendment to the resolution will grant warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.

The amendment to the resolution will permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.

The amendment to the resolution will authorize any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant -- or subsequent court review -- if they claim "emergency" situations exist.

The amendment to the resolution will now say providers "shall notify" law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.

The amendment to the resolution will delay notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

All of the above summaries are an absolute violation of American’s fourth amendment rights.
Remember, the fourth amendment states;

“ The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Electronic communication is part of “papers and effects.”  They are private communication and should be treated so.

I once again want to express my severe disappointment in the current administrations attempt to remove our granted freedoms and liberties. 
Congressmen, I implore you.
Please stop this freedom eliminating nonsense; this is getting to an absurd point.
First we had CISPA.
Then we had PIPPA and SOPA.
Now we have the NDAA, which you voted for.
When will this stop?  When will those on Capitol Hill decide that their reach has gone too far?
When will you and your fellow representatives decide that our freedoms are better preserved through alternatives rather than through the continual removal of our liberties?
Thomas Jefferson the author of the constitution once said;
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
H.R 2471 is the will of the current tyrant… you must stop it.
Our country… nay … our freedoms are too important to allow this resolution to pass. 
If this passes… it will set a dangerous precedent that will open the doors to allow every letter of the Bill of Rights to be eliminated and for America to become what the founders fought against.
Please hear the will of the people.
Thank you again for reading my letter.



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