End warrantless dragnet supying -- DEFUND THE NSA! Act today!

Congress is voting tomorrow on a bill that would defund the NSA's program of warrantless, mass, illegal spying on innocent Americans. You -- YES YOU -- need to hit the link below, enter your ZIP code, get contact details for your congresscritter and call that number and give the staffer who answers a firm, polite, serious piece of your mind. This is a great chance to make an important change in the world. Do it.

A critical vote is happening tomorrow, July 24th, on the Defense Appropriations Bill in the House of Representatives. The bill gives taxpayer money to fund defense programs, including NSA surveillance.

Yesterday, an important bipartisan amendment to that bill was green-lighted to be voted on tomorrow. Proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (MI), the amendment would remove funding for blanket collection of phone records and metadata from cell phone service providers.

The summary of the amendment on the House of Representatives website reads:

Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.

The vote on this bill is critical. We need to flood Congress with calls in support of the amendment, and hold our representatives accountable.

A crucial vote is happening that could end NSA surveillance

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  1. Do not listen to this foreign trickster! He is not even an American. He is the son of communists! Foreign communists! Who are from another country! This is an obvious ploy to kill the jobs of good, honest, hardworking Americans who protect your country from terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers. Think of the children. Actually, stop thinking of the children you sicko. We're onto you!

    -Definitely not an NSA astroturfer

  2. Here is the full text of the amendment being considered. As you can see, this does nothing to prevent the NSA from continuing operations under other funding sources. This is all smoke and mirrors designed to make you think something is being done

    At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert
    the following new section:
    1 SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this
    2 Act may be used to collect tangible things pursuant to an
    3 order under section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Sur
    4 veillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) if such things do
    5 not pertain to a person who is the subject of an investiga
    6 tion described in such section.

    Source http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/AMASH_017_xml716131340524052.pdf

  3. Yes, this would effectively de-fund the program. You would have to pass a separate special appropriation to fund the program if it is prohibited in the defense appropriation bill that covers the NSA. You may be able to move funds around within a given appropriation if funding is not prohibited, as it would be in this case, but you can't move funds from another appropriation.

  4. Subverting the constitution took decades. It might take decades to get it back. This is one effort and if we REALLY care it will not be the last.

  5. Sorry, you are simply incorrect. While the intelligence budgets are not public, the appropriations are included under the defense appropriations bill.

    Here is a primer from the Congressional Research Service on the intelligence budget:


    From the summary: "Over 90% of intelligence appropriations are included (or “hidden”) within the budget of the Department of Defense (DOD)." This includes all of the appropriation for the NSA.

    There actually has been a long running parlor game amongst defense journalists who comb through the defense appropriations bill and try to back out the obscure line items that are going to fund black projects. This is how we have estimates of the intelligence budgets.

    In summary, the NSA appropriation is covered by the defense appropriation bill and, yes, this amendment would limit the ability of the NSA to spend its funds on these programs.

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