Keeping the grass roots growing!!
The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
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.”
Last week United States Representative from Michigan, Justin Amash (along with Rep. John Conyers) introduced a bill that would require the National Security Administration (NSA) to have a specific target if it is seeking phone records:
“The Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act” or LIBERT-E Act, the legislation also requires the secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make opinions available to Congress as well as summaries of those decisions to the public.
“We accept that free countries must engage in secret operations from time to time to protect their citizens. Free countries must not, however, operate under secret laws. Secret court opinions obscure the law. They prevent public debate on critical policy issues and they stop Congress from fulfilling its duty to enact sound laws and fix broken ones,” Amash and Conyers said in a joint statement.
The legislation comes in response to revelations that the NSA has been collecting widespread phone records, including the time, duration and location of calls, as part of a program to track terrorists.
The bill was voted upon and defeated:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 412
H R 2397 RECORDED VOTE 24-Jul-2013 6:51 PM
AUTHOR(S): Amash of Michigan Amendment No. 100
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Amendment
Michigan Representatives voted as follows:
R- Dan Benishek – NO
R- Bill Hutzenga – YES
R- Justin Amash – YES
R- David Camp – NO
D – Dan Kildee – YES
R - Fred Upton – NO
R- Tim Walberg – NO
R – Mike Rodgers – NO
D - Sander Levin – NO
R – Candice Miller – NO
R – Kerry Bentvolio – YES
D – John Dingel – YES
D – John Conyers – YES
D – Garry Peters – NO
Other notable Congress men/women:
R – John Boehner – NO
R – Eric Cantor – NO
R- Paul Ryan – NO
D- Nancy Pelosi – NO
D – Steny Hoyer – NO
Representative Candice Miller voted to abolish the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution! The entire Republican leadership – Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan also voted to abolish the 4th Amendment. Candice Miller has aligned herself with the so-called “progressive” wing of the Republican Party which includes Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan, with Upton, Rodgers, and Camp from Michigan. Remember, that immediately after the 2012 elections Boehner purged all conservatives from leadership positions in the House? This same progressive Republican leadership, including Candice Miller is poised to give us amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The question must be asked: why does the Tea Party support Candice Miller? She voted to renew the so-called “Patriot Act” last year after it was slated to expire, which gave the NSA virtually unlimited power to collect and record electronic data of all types on all Americans at all times without a warrant. And now she emphatically supports the NSA when they are trampling all over the 4th Amendment rights of citizens. Candice Miller is not honoring the oath she took to uphold and defend the United States Constitution.