Hello Congresswoman Doris Matsui,
Im writing you today because I feel the future of this nation as a free, democratic society is at risk. As you know this country was founded on the belief that government works for its people and that those people have certain inalienable rights. You and all your colleagues in the House have sworn to protect these rights and I am now calling on you to honor your word. Right now the NSA is unscrupulously gathering private, personal information on what appears to be every single American. They are forcing the private sector to hand over this information or risk hefty fines amongst other threats.
This is a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment rights. While this data may not be a physical representation of a paper or effect, it is nonetheless a personal property that is a digital representation of our papers and effects. There is no reasonable argument to prove otherwise. All of this is being authorized by secret laws and secret courts. I do believe that with a legal warrant in hand, issued by a public judge with a reasonable suspicion that an individual has committed a crime, this data should be provided to the proper authorities. However, as it stands the NSA is breaking the laws that this country holds most dear.
With that said I am asking you and the other representatives of the state of California to join Arizona, and Utah in an effort to bar the NSA from violating the constitution with its data collection by way of state act, or statute protecting our 4th amendment rights in the new digital age. Arizona Senator Kelli Ward plans to introduce an act based on the following limitations drafted by the OffNow Coalition:
"1. Prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. Includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.
2. Makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.
3. Blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.
4. Provides sanctions against corporations attempting to fill needs not met in the absence of state cooperation.”
Senator Kelli Ward goes on to say “I believe the number one priority for national security is defending and protecting the Constitution. Without that, the rest becomes irrelevant. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it.”
Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and I look forward to your reply.