My letter to my congressman (Tim Walz, D-MN) about the recently passed “Protect America” Act of 2007

August 5, 2007

Tim,
I am disappointed with your vote on the “Protect America” Act.

This may indeed be a good bill in the hands of administrations that doesn’t take every inch given to them and turn it into a mile.  As it is the current administration will see this bill as permission to take their programs even further from the rule of law.  This does not only speak of the current administration but of future administrations that abuse executive power.

The most worrisome phrase I have seen in the bill allows for unchecked surveillance of “persons reasonably believed to be outside the United States if the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General determine”.  “Reasonable” is a very loose term that this administration has proven they have abused and have intention of continuing to abuse.  At the very least this bill should have been made contingent on the impeachment or otherwise replacement of the current attorney general who is either an incompetent political shill or completely corrupt and undeserving of any power.

Thank you,
A supporter from Rochester,
Eric Winter

P.S. I later sent a similar note to Klobuchar and the lovely Norm Coleman although I said I didn’t expect any better from Coleman.

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