I contacted my US Representative and encouraged him to support the Amash Amendment.
I urge you to support the Amash amendment to limit funding for rogue NSA surveillance of the American people. Allowing the tools of a police state to be constructed without check is an existential threat to our democracy -- a greater threat by far than terrorism.
I also urge you to push for immunity for Edward Snowden so that he can return to the United States and testify about the unlawful and unconstitutional activities of the intelligence services. This is a debate that we could not be having without his courage -- he should be acknowledged as a national hero.
I also contacted my senators to encourage them to use whatever influence they have to support passage of the amendment. The White House, of course, opposes it.
[...] we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our intelligence community's counterterrorism tools. This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.
Actually, it seems to me that unconstitutional data collection based on using secret decisions of a secret court is what is not the product of an "informed, open, or deliberative process". Let's stop it in its tracks and then have the open debate.