Letter: Protect citizens’ privacy and make officials accountable

Senators Murkowski and Begich and Congressman Young:

I am writing in protest and to raise awareness of unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government. As reported, the U.S. government is extracting and recording varying information types that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. This surveillance violates the U.S. Constitution.

Please:

1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court.

2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance.

3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

— Lauren Boldrick

Anchorage