Thursday, March 13, 2014

Update from Sen Fielder - Republicans renounce invasion of privacy

Communication from your State Senate

By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7

March 12, 2014

Hooray! Republicans renounce unconstitutional invasion of privacy

The Republican National Committee recently shocked the world when they
passed a resolution denouncing rampant federal spying on the American
people. This is one of many important developments we are seeing in defense of liberty across the country.

I have to admit it remains unfathomable to me that our federal government has been so blatantly ignoring the people's rights set forth by law via the U.S. Constitution. Why Washington DC has chosen to spy on every American citizen in the name of national security, rather than properly secure the borders to stop would-be terrorists, illegal immigration, and drug runners at the point of entry is bizarre and dangerous.

But it seems an awakening as to the importance of our Constitution is
occurring on a broad scale. More citizens are becoming informed and
involved, and this is making a huge difference. Here is one of the ground breaking resolutions that passed with a large majority at the Republican National Committee winter meeting a few weeks ago:


WHEREAS, The secret surveillance program called PRISM targets, among other things, the surveillance of communications of U.S. citizens on a vast scale and monitors searching habits of virtually every American on the internet;

*WHEREAS, This dragnet program is, as far as we know, the largest
surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens, consisting of the mass acquisition of Americans' call details encompassing all wireless and landline subscribers of the country's three largest phone companies*;*

*WHEREAS, Every time an American citizen makes a phone call, the NSA gets a record of the location, the number called, the time of the call and the length of the conversation; all of which are an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and
association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States

*WHEREAS, The mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, that warrants shall issue only upon probable cause, and generally prevents the American government from issuing modern-day
writs of assistance;*

*WHEREAS, Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic
human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society and this program represents a gross infringement of the freedom of
association and the right to privacy and goes far beyond even the
permissive limits set by the Patriot Act; and*

*WHEREAS, Republican House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Section 215's passage, called the Section 215 surveillance program "an abuse of that law," writing that, "based on the scope of the released
order, both the administration and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act) court are relying on an unbounded interpretation of the act that Congress never intended;" Therefore be it*

*RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee encourages Republican
lawmakers to enact legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege and the FISA Amendments Act to make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and
correspondence - electronic, physical, and otherwise - of any person
residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be
reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;*

*RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee encourages Republican law
makers to call for a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying and the committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end
unconstitutional surveillance as well as hold accountable those public
officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional
surveillance; and *

*RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee calls upon Republican
lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional
surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's data collection programs.*

We must all continue to exert our efforts to see that our government
follows the U.S. & Montana Constitutions in protection of our privacy and in every other regard. If we the people don't know the rules, it is
difficult to make the government follow them. And that is why our
government has grown to be so overbearing, inefficient, and out of control.

For your convenience, a copy of both Constitutions and a searchable data base of all Montana laws is available at

If you would like to connect with me directly, please be sure to register at this new constituent outreach site AND also use any if the icons near the top of my web site so we can keep in touch via social media.

Thanks and God Bless,

Senator Jennifer Fielder
Montana State Senate - District 7

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