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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stop The Surveillance State

PETITION: Stop The Surveillance State

13 July 2017 

Dear Patriot,

"With a pending congressional showdown just around the corner, you and I have our best chance in years to take a SLEDGEHAMMER to the growing surveillance state in Washington, D.C.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is set to expire at the end of the year.

If you and I can stop its reauthorization, the NSA and its spy state pals will LOSE a massive, anti-Fourth Amendment surveillance power the media describes as one of their most treasured “crown jewels!”

This is the section of federal code the Deep State was caught red-handed abusing just this year to spy on members of the incoming Trump administration and then leaking information to the press.

If the Deep State will use these UNCONSTITUTIONAL tactics to try and politically destroy a sitting president, do you really think you and I will ever be safe from them?

I think you and I both know the answer to that question.

That’s why I’m counting on you to please click here to sign your “STOP THE SURVEILLANCE STATE” petition IMMEDIATELY.

As you’ll see, this petition insists your U.S. Representative and Senators vote “NO!” on reauthorizing Section 702 of FISA.

Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act grants the U.S. government the ability to wiretap without a warrant and collect information on innocent Americans whose communications (in any way) involve a foreign agent who is somehow “of interest.”

I’m not even just talking about picking up the phone and calling a known troublemaker in Yemen.

Under Section 702, even just casually mentioning to a friend the name of a new guy who just moved into your neighborhood could be enough for federal agents to start sweeping up communications on you and your friend!

In fact, this power is so broad, it allows the NSA to start sweeping up communications on virtually anyoneif they can claim to connect enough dots!

The good news is, you and I may even be in a stronger position than we were in 2015 when my son, Senator Rand Paul, sent jaws dropping around the country by forcing Section 215 of the so-called “PATRIOT” Act to expire.

Members of Congress are growing very nervous about the enormous power they see the Deep State wielding today.

Of course, many have never before cared about the Fourth Amendment guarantees for average Americans like you and me.

So they’ve voted at every opportunity to hand the American surveillance state spying powers no other government in the history of mankind -- not even the Communist East German Stasi of yesteryear -- has been able to amass on law-abiding citizens.

But now, as they’ve seen the Deep State unabashedly “weaponize” their spying powers for pure political gain, they’re worried about themselves.

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In fact, one recent article from a Washington, D.C. insider magazine worried that some Members of Congress are concerned they’ll “get caught up in the same secret government intercepts” as the Trump administration, and they fear “intelligence services could leak information on them too!”
I hate to say, “I told you so. . .”

But it infuriates me to no end that the same politicians who swear on a Bible to uphold the U.S. Constitution -- which still includes the Fourth Amendment -- could be so blind!    

I know the statists in Washington, D.C. say, “trust us and everything will be ok.”

But how can we after members of the previous administration were caught red-handed spying on members of President Trump’s campaign and transition team?

How can we after the FISA Court itself -- which normally rubber stamps all surveillance requests -- scolded the NSA for consistently abusing their powerto spy on Americans (resulting in virtually nothing but a few news headlines)?

How can we after the U.S. Justice Department under President Obama illegally wiretapped reporters who dared criticize them?

I know the statists’ excuse is “security.”

But regardless of what buzzword they use to defend their assaults on our freedoms, their enemy is ALWAYS the same.  

It’s our privacy.  Our liberty.  Our “greed” in wanting to keep some of the money we’ve rightfully earned.   

And even when they succeed in taking from us everything they want, we are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

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In fact, Britain’s intelligence services (armed with even more draconian spying powers) couldn’t even stop Khuram Shazad Butt from his recent stabbing attacks, which left 4 dead and 21 fighting for their lives in England.

This is AFTER he was filmed unfurling an ISIS flag in a documentary entitled, “The Jihadist Next Door!”

It’s almost as if terrorism is just a convenient excuse to ramp up more power and control over innocent people.

Just since the lid was blown off our federal government’s domestic surveillance programs in the summer of 2013, we’ve seen story after story hit the press regarding NSA abuses, including:

*** REFUSING to say whether or not it has spied on Members of Congress, which would effectively destroy any ability of our government’s Legislative Branch to police this rogue agency;

*** Effectively GUTTING attorney-client privilege by holding confidential records;

*** Analysts spying on ex-lovers and spouses -- a practice so common, the intelligence community has come up with their own jargon, i.e. “LOVEINT,” to describe it.

There are literally thousands of examples of abuse!

But this should be no surprise.

Politicians and government bureaucrats are human beings just like everyone else.

What’s made our country the greatest and freest nation in human history is that our Founding Fathers created a Constitution that limited the power (and therefore the damage) evil men can inflict.

But today, our Constitution’s Fourth Amendment -- which protects American citizens right to privacy from government -- is under assault like never before.

With it, the protections you and I have against the actions of evil men holding the reins of our own government are dropping like flies.

The good news is, as I explained, we CAN win this fight.

But it’s vital you click here to sign your “STOP THE SURVEILLANCE STATE” petition IMMEDIATELY.

I can promise you that surveillance state apologists are going to do whatever they can to permanently reauthorize Section 702 quickly and quietly -- far before its December 31 expiration date.

That’s why I’ve instructed Campaign for Liberty staff to pull out all the stops using mail, email, Internet ads, and even targeted radio and TV ads if I can raise the resources.

In fact, my hope is this program will rival even our efforts to pass Audit the Fed in size and scope!

But I can’t do any of this without you.  

So after you sign your petition, won’t you please agree to your most generous gift of $300 right away?

Patrick, I know that’s a lot.  If it’s too much, please give $200 or at least $100.

Like you, sometimes I feel like we’re watching the police state nightmare from George Orwell’s 1984 being built all around us.

So won’t you please join me in shouting DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER before it’s too late -- before the idea of American liberty is nothing more than a distant memory?

Please click here to sign your “STOP THE SURVEILLANCE STATE” petition and agree to your most generous gift of $300, $200, or at least $100 TODAY!

For liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act -- the section of law statists use to justify the collection of law-abiding American citizens’ phone calls, emails, and Internet activity -- is set to expire this year.
If you and I turn up enough heat on Congress to stop reauthorization, I’m convinced we can bring the statists’ domestic spying programs to a crashing halt.

That’s why I’m counting on you to please click here to sign your “STOP THE SURVEILLANCE STATE” petition and agree to your most generous contribution of $300, $200, or at least $100 TODAY!"

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