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  • suesarkis@aol.com
    Folks - Think of 1984 and what the following power would give the government access to. Will they charge a postal fee per email to make up for the great loss
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2012
      Folks -

      Think of "1984" and what the following power would give the government
      access to. Will they charge a postal fee per email to make up for the great
      loss of revenue from the USPS? How about actually charging you taxes for
      direct purchases, even on used items? Bottom line: if they actually have
      access to each and every email you have written, there is no holding them
      back. Even more important than that, think of how many more government
      employees would be needed on the backs of taxpayers. We need LESS government, not
      more. We cannot afford more as it is no longer sustainable.

      Americans are rapidly approaching a point where the government believes we
      don’t deserve individual rights. In April, the Department of Justice argued
      that warrantless tracking of our cell phone data and location information
      was permissible because they said citizens do not enjoy a “reasonable
      expectation of privacy” with regard to this information.

      Now they are coming for our emails and our entire digital footprint. The
      vote is planned for this week!
      Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy introduced H.R. 2471 last
      year in order to PROTECT our online privacy. But, federal agencies and law
      enforcement groups didn’t like the legislation and pressured Leahy into
      changing the language.
      Now, the bill has been rewritten and amendments added that run completely
      opposite of the bill’s original intent…all because a politician caved to
      special interests and abandoned his post as a defender of our Constitution
      and civil liberties.
      Highlights of this new, freedom-killing legislation:
      * Law enforcement doesn’t need to obtain a search warrant from a
      judge listing “probable cause” before they dig through your emails—only a
      subpoena is required.
      * 22 federal agencies will have warrantless access to your online
      accounts if they declare the situation an “emergency.”
      * Correspondence stored on systems not offered “to the public”—such
      as university networks, for example—can be accessed by feds and law
      enforcement if they so desire.
      * The feds can take up to an entire year (360 days) to notify
      citizens that their personal account information has been intercepted; and service
      providers have to notify law enforcement first, before they tell their
      customers their info has been hacked.
      This is chilling. Don’t let your first reaction to news like this be, “
      well I’m not doing anything wrong so this doesn’t apply to me.”
      Your emails, Twitter messages, Facebook posts, Google documents and
      everything else you do online is about to become the property of the United
      States government. Agencies like the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade
      Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, the
      National Labor Relations Board, and the Mine Enforcement Safety and Health
      Review Commission will all have a right to access your private
      Who knows what they will do with it. Perhaps they will see personal
      communications about medical issues, which they now have a vested interest in
      since they have taken over healthcare. Or maybe they’ll see comments against
      the current administration, and conveniently order an audit of your finances—
      as many Tea Party organizations saw happen last year.
      As the famous and sober quote by Martin-Niemöller* goes, “First they came
      for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
      Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a
      socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out
      because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no
      one left to speak for me.”
      Politicians seem to have forgotten our Constitution and our system of
      checks and balances.
      Leahy previously said, “I’m not going to say that any administration,
      Republican or Democratic, gets a pass. We have to respect our privacy rights,
      our civil liberties.” And then, he deleted all our rights after special
      interest groups put pressure on him.
      And last year Senator Chuck Grassley suggested that requiring search
      warrants for emails would result in “increased burdens on the court system”. I
      say, "so what?".
      The United Nations is threatening an international Internet fee. Congress
      and President Obama are mulling cybersecurity orders that will harm
      consumers and stifle business. Law enforcement agencies across the country are
      pushing for more control without oversight, such as the ability to monitor your
      whereabouts via license plate trackers.
      Benjamin Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain
      a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
      We can stop this from happening. The backlash against Leahy’s about-face
      was swift and strong. Petitions are circulating, and groups such as the ACLU
      and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are holding him to account. You know
      it must be serious when I am siding with the ACLU. We need to add our
      voices to the fight and let Congress know this is not okay!
      If they open the door to accessing your digital communications, the
      government may as well have the ability to enter our homes, our cars, our
      businesses and our wallets and be allowed to go through our personal lives at any
      time of their choosing, without due process, without probable cause, and
      without reproach.
      Don’t let this happen to the United States of America. Please look below
      to locate your Rep and DO SOMETHING !!!!
      * Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Germany in
      1892. Niemöller was anti-communist. He became the leader of a group of
      German clergymen opposed to Hitler. In 1937 he was arrested and eventually
      confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic
      enough about the Nazi movement”. Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies.
      He continued his career in Germany as a clergyman and as a leading voice
      of penance and reconciliation for the German people after World War II. His
      statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted,
      and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy.
      You can look up your Congressional leaders at the links I'm providing but
      I've also inserted the CA Reps' direct links below these.
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      California Senate
      Barbara Boxer Democrat _Web_ (http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/)
      _(202) 224-3553_ (tel:+1-202-224-3553) 112 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington DC 20510 (November 8, 2016) Dianne Feinstein Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me) _(202) 224-3841_
      (tel:+1-202-224-3841) 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
      (November 6, 2012)
      California House
      Mike Thompson District 1 Democrat _Web_ (http://mikethompson.house.gov/)
      _202-225-3311_ (tel:+1-202-225-3311) 231 CHOB Wally Herger District 2
      Republican _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/herger/) _202-225-3076_
      (tel:+1-202-225-3076) 242 CHOB Daniel E. Lungren District 3 Republican _Web_
      (http://lungren.house.gov/) _202-225-5716_ (tel:+1-202-225-5716) 2313 Rayburn House
      Office Building Tom McClintock District 4 Republican _Web_
      (http://mcclintock.house.gov/) _202-225-2511_ (tel:+1-202-225-2511) 428 CHOB Doris O.
      Matsui District 5 Democrat _Web_ (http://matsui.house.gov/) _202-225-7163_
      (tel:+1-202-225-7163) 222 CHOB Lynn Woolsey District 6 Democrat _Web_
      (http://woolsey.house.gov/) _202-225-5161_ (tel:+1-202-225-5161) 2263 Rayburn
      House Office Building George Miller District 7 Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/) _202-225-2095_ (tel:+1-202-225-2095) 2205 Rayburn
      House Office Building Nancy Pelosi District 8 Democrat _Web_
      (http://pelosi.house.gov/) _202-225-4965_ (tel:+1-202-225-4965) 235 CHOB Barbara Lee
      District 9 Democrat _Web_ (http://lee.house.gov/) _202-225-2661_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2661) 2267 Rayburn House Office Building John Garamendi District 10
      Democrat _Web_ (http://garamendi.house.gov/) _202-225-1880_
      (tel:+1-202-225-1880) 228 CHOB Jerry McNerney District 11 Democrat _Web_
      (http://mcnerney.house.gov/) _202-225-1947_ (tel:+1-202-225-1947) 1210 Longworth House
      Office Building Jackie Speier District 12 Democrat _Web_
      (http://speier.house.gov/) _202-225-3531_ (tel:+1-202-225-3531) 211 CHOB Fortney Pete Stark
      District 13 Democrat _Web_ (http://www.stark.house.gov/) _202-225-5065_
      (tel:+1-202-225-5065) 239 CHOB Anna G. Eshoo District 14 Democrat _Web_
      (http://eshoo.house.gov/) _202-225-8104_ (tel:+1-202-225-8104) 205 CHOB
      Mike Honda District 15 Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/honda/)
      _202-225-2631_ (tel:+1-202-225-2631) 1713 Longworth House Office Building Zoe
      Lofgren District 16 Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/lofgren/)
      _202-225-3072_ (tel:+1-202-225-3072) 1401 Longworth House Office Building Sam Farr
      District 17 Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/farr/) _202-225-2861_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2861) 1126 Longworth House Office Building Dennis Cardoza
      District 18 Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/cardoza/) _202-225-6131_
      (tel:+1-202-225-6131) 2437 Rayburn House Office Building Jeff Denham District 19
      Republican _Web_ (http://denham.house.gov/) _202-225-4540_
      (tel:+1-202-225-4540) 1605 Longworth House Office Building Jim Costa District 20
      Democrat _Web_ (http://costa.house.gov/) _202-225-3341_ (tel:+1-202-225-3341)
      1314 Longworth House Office Building Devin Nunes District 21 Republican _Web_
      (http://nunes.house.gov/) _202-225-2523_ (tel:+1-202-225-2523) 1013
      Longworth House Office Building Kevin McCarthy District 22 Republican _Web_
      (http://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/) _202-225-2915_ (tel:+1-202-225-2915) 326
      CHOB Lois Capps District 23 Democrat _Web_ (http://capps.house.gov/)
      _202-225-3601_ (tel:+1-202-225-3601) 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Elton
      Gallegly District 24 Republican _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/gallegly/)
      _202-225-5811_ (tel:+1-202-225-5811) 2309 Rayburn House Office Building Buck
      McKeon District 25 Republican _Web_ (http://mckeon.house.gov/)
      _202-225-1956_ (tel:+1-202-225-1956) 2184 Rayburn House Office Building David Dreier
      District 26 Republican _Web_ (http://dreier.house.gov/) _202-225-2305_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2305) 233 CHOB Brad Sherman District 27 Democrat _Web_
      (http://bradsherman.house.gov/) _202-225-5911_ (tel:+1-202-225-5911) 2242 Rayburn
      House Office Building Howard Berman District 28 Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.house.gov/berman/) _202-225-4695_ (tel:+1-202-225-4695) 2221 Rayburn
      House Office Building Adam Schiff District 29 Democrat _Web_
      (http://schiff.house.gov/) _202-225-4176_ (tel:+1-202-225-4176) 2411 Rayburn House Office
      Building Henry Waxman District 30 Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/) _202-225-3976_ (tel:+1-202-225-3976) 2204 Rayburn House Office
      Building Xavier Becerra District 31 Democrat _Web_
      (http://becerra.house.gov/) _202-225-6235_ (tel:+1-202-225-6235) 1226 Longworth House Office
      Building Judy Chu District 32 Democrat _Web_ (http://chu.house.gov/)
      _202-225-5464_ (tel:+1-202-225-5464) 1520 Longworth House Office Building Karen
      Bass District 33 Democrat _Web_ (http://karenbass.house.gov/) _202-225-7084_
      (tel:+1-202-225-7084) 408 CHOB Lucille Roybal-Allard District 34
      Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/roybal-allard/) _202-225-1766_
      (tel:+1-202-225-1766) 2330 Rayburn House Office Building Maxine Waters District 35
      Democrat _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/waters/) _202-225-2201_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2201) 2344 Rayburn House Office Building Janice Hahn District 36 Democrat
      _Web_ (http://hahn.house.gov/) _202-225-8220_ (tel:+1-202-225-8220) 2400
      Rayburn House Office Building Laura Richardson District 37 Democrat _Web_
      (http://richardson.house.gov/) _202-225-7924_ (tel:+1-202-225-7924) 1330
      Longworth House Office Building Grace Napolitano District 38 Democrat _Web_
      (http://napolitano.house.gov/) _202-225-5256_ (tel:+1-202-225-5256) 1610
      Longworth House Office Building Linda Sanchez District 39 Democrat _Web_
      (http://lindasanchez.house.gov/) _202-225-6676_ (tel:+1-202-225-6676) 2423
      Rayburn House Office Building Ed Royce District 40 Republican _Web_
      (http://www.royce.house.gov/) _202-225-4111_ (tel:+1-202-225-4111) 2185 Rayburn
      House Office Building Jerry Lewis District 41 Republican _Web_
      (http://www.house.gov/jerrylewis/) _202-225-5861_ (tel:+1-202-225-5861) 2112 Rayburn
      House Office Building Gary Miller District 42 Republican _Web_
      (http://garymiller.house.gov/) _202-225-3201_ (tel:+1-202-225-3201) 2349 Rayburn House
      Office Building Joe Baca District 43 Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.house.gov/baca) _202-225-6161_ (tel:+1-202-225-6161) 2366 Rayburn House Office
      Building Ken Calvert District 44 Republican _Web_ (http://calvert.house.gov/)
      _202-225-1986_ (tel:+1-202-225-1986) 2269 Rayburn House Office Building
      Mary Bono District 45 Republican _Web_ (http://bono.house.gov/)
      _202-225-5330_ (tel:+1-202-225-5330) 104 CHOB Dana Rohrabacher District 46 Republican
      _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/rohrabacher/) _202-225-2415_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2415) 2300 Rayburn House Office Building Loretta Sanchez District 47
      Democrat _Web_ (http://www.lorettasanchez.house.gov/) _202-225-2965_
      (tel:+1-202-225-2965) 1114 Longworth House Office Building John Campbell District 48
      Republican _Web_ (http://www.campbell.house.gov/) _202-225-5611_
      (tel:+1-202-225-5611) 1507 Longworth House Office Building Darrell Issa District
      49 Republican _Web_ (http://www.house.gov/issa/) _202-225-3906_
      (tel:+1-202-225-3906) 2347 Rayburn House Office Building Brian P. Bilbray District 50
      Republican _Web_ (http://bilbray.house.gov/) _202-225-0508_
      (tel:+1-202-225-0508) 2410 Rayburn House Office Building Bob Filner District 51
      Democrat _Web_ (http://filner.house.gov/) _202-225-8045_ (tel:+1-202-225-8045)
      2428 Rayburn House Office Building Duncan D. Hunter District 52 Republican
      _Web_ (http://hunter.house.gov/) _202-225-5672_ (tel:+1-202-225-5672) 223
      CHOB Susan Davis District 53 Democrat _Web_
      (http://www.house.gov/susandavis/) _202-225-2040_ (tel:+1-202-225-2040) 1526 Longworth House Office

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