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Follow Up With Tom Graves

May 13th, 2013 No comments

Back at the end of April, I contacted Tom Graves (my representative) about how much I disagreed with his CISPA vote. I got a nice long (formulaic) email response from him at the start of May, and have been trying to decide what to do with it until today.

I was first pointed at a Guardian article about how our government has decided to just gather ALL communications by the people in this country. Welcome to the party general media!

I then read through Tom Graves’ response to me more thoroughly and came up with a response I felt needed to be sent (there was an “issue type” selection box that I’m referring to in the first paragraph):

Really this should be under the topic of “Information Security”, but “Telecommunications” will have to do as the issue type. At the end of April, I contacted you regarding your vote in favor of CISPA. While I still disagree with you about what points of that act were concerning to the people you’re supposed to be protecting, you make the following claim in your response to me:

“Like you, I believe each American’s privacy protections should be upheld. As well, I have serious concerns that legislation enabling the federal government to block websites dangerously encroaches upon individuals’ privacy and freedom of speech.”

Should that be the case, you should definitely be fighting against the current data policies that the NSA, FBI, and other security related departments of our government. As highlighted in this Guardian story from earlier this month, the battle to maintain our individual privacy has already been lost: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston Even though signing petitions and sending emails typically does nothing for we the people, I implore you to help us regain our innate privacy. Just because it exists in a previously unimagined medium by our forefathers doesn’t mean that the government is exempt from upholding the fourth amendment.

— Update —

Just saw a rather related article to the above privacy concerns: http://www.thoughtcrime.org/blog/saudi-surveillance/

Disgust & Rust

April 20th, 2013 1 comment

Am I actually returning to blogging after over a year from doing it? We’ll see.

Why am I riled up? CISPA passing the House.

What did I do “about” it/in response? Wrote them an angry letter (thinking of this).

So how was my angry letter to my representative (Tom Graves)? Enjoy!

I would like to state my great distaste in your decision to support CISPA today. CISPA is an affront to the human right to privacy as well as a slap in the face to anyone who still believed that this country cared about them at all.

In my eyes, CISPA is an obvious violation of the 4th amendment, but also puts power into the governments’ hands to ignore the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th amendments. Just because the internet is “new” doesn’t mean that our constitution can be ignored.

In the wild (or rather, likely) event that you don’t know what CISPA actually does, please read posts like http://thoughtsonliberty.com/its-time-to-unplug-the-house-votes-on-cispa-today to see how you’ve managed to fail this country.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your last term representing this constituency.