Defund The NSA

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On Wednesday, House lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Defense Appropriations Bill that will include an amendment presented by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to defund portions of the National Security Agency’s data-collection efforts.

The amendment, proposed by Representative Justin Amash (R-MI), would end the NSA’s “authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act” and also bar “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.”

With short notice, and little time to petition lawmakers, an activist group called Defund the NSA has launched a website to raise awareness about the Defense Appropriations vote.

Visitors to the site are asked to spread the message to friends and to get in touch with their Representatives before the vote:

Dear Internet,

It’s been just over a month since new information on the NSA’s dragnet domestic surveillance program was leaked to the public. Tomorrow, Congress is voting on an amendment that would block funding for NSA programs using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to mass collect the call records of innocent Americans.

A win tomorrow may start a chain reaction that leads to real reform – but it won’t happen unless we speak up. We have one day to convince Congress to act.

If you are interested in getting involved and asking your legislator to get on board with the amendment, head over to defundthensa.com for instant contact information for his/her Congressional office and a pre-written script.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

  • $23331171

    Congress can de-fund and shut down any agency they want… They just don’r want to; and never do!

  • Shorty Stuff

    It doesn’t matter what they do, the data gathering will continue. Even if they “officially” defund it, it will just become a black op.

    • Elevenarrows

      I agree…it will continue. I just read yesterday that the RealID is coming back around…they will get our info, keep it, share it and use it against us no matter what we do. I still believe we need to try to stop it (which is why I have already contacted my Rep. to that end), but it will continue. We have to be vigilant to guard against it every step of the way.

  • vicki

    Since the NSA can’t even sort thru its own emails I would think that defunding it would be a great money saving idea.

    http://personalliberty.com/2013/07/23/nsa-says-it-cant-search-its-own-emails/

  • Charles K Johnson

    The NSA is nothing more than a ROUGE part of the government. Set up after 911 to spy on everyday americans. Obama found some common ground with Bush. Congress is nothing more than a mouth piece. They will tell you what you want to hear. They let their Alligator mouth overload their Hummingbird brain.

  • Timothy Thompson

    I want to know how they got funding for that new Utah Taz Mahal that had to have been approved by congress no way to hide that amount of expenditure, they are all in cahoots.

  • Marshall Watson

    If ever a law needed to be passed to refuse funding to a government agency, this is it! contact you representatives and let them know how you stand. I know I am.

  • Michael Shreve

    The NSA takes OVERREACH to new levels.