ALG - House Narrowly Blocks Effort to Defund NSA Surveillance Program: Tell Your Congressman What You Think

Dear Liberty Activist,


Yesterday, the House of Representatives came very close to ending the NSA's suspicionless collection of your phone and email records. Click here to see how your Congressman voted on the NSA domestic spying program and then let them know what you think using the following alert:

A "yes" vote was a vote to against the NSA program, and a "no" vote was to keep it going.

So if your representative voted "yes" for the Amash amendment please take the time to thank them today for protecting your constitutional right against unreasonable searches. And if they voted "no," failing to end the collection of your communications data, shame on them — let them know how you feel! Either way, your feedback can still make a difference!

This issue is not over. We came within seven votes of defeating this program and Americans for Limited Government (ALG) will continue to fight on this important issue in the coming months. With your help, this is an issue we can win. Today, ALG President Nathan Mehrens issued the following statement on the defeat of the Amash amendment that would have defunded the NSA domestic spying program in the House of Representatives:

"The NSA domestic surveillance program on every American was very nearly defunded in a narrow vote in the House, with a mere seven vote swing deciding its fate. Despite the disappointing outcome, the narrow margin is very good news for the American people, for now they have a political problem that can be dealt with via elections.

"The 205 representatives of both parties that voted to stop the spying program voted to uphold the Fourth Amendment and the original intent of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which never authorized blanket, suspicionless surveillance of every single American.

"The 217 representatives who voted to defeat the Amash amendment have upheld the indiscriminate collection of phone and email records on everyone — just in case intelligence agencies might need that information later. This was a vote against the Fourth Amendment that protects against unreasonable searches and requires that warrants only issue but upon probable cause. To suggest the American people have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their phone and digital records against searches when no crime has been committed is to suggest that the Fourth Amendment no longer applies.


"The fact is, the government's interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act does something that has never been done before — which is assert that because you might commit a crime or engage in terrorism, you can be subjected to a search. Every case of searches of third party vendors' phone and bank records were all relevant to investigations into specific persons regarding specific crimes. These are just general warrants searching everything and everyone. Every member who voted in favor of the surveillance state being built must now explain to their constituents what other freedoms they're willing to sacrifice on this altar of false security."


You know what to do! Let's get on CapWiz and let members know what you think of their votes on the NSA domestic surveillance program. If they voted the wrong way, they still need to be informed that you do not support suspicionless intelligence gathering on every single American!


Keep fighting!


For Liberty,


Robert Romano

Senior Editor

Americans for Limited Government