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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: July 11, 2013 02:13 PM
From: Representative Justin J. Simmons
To: All House members
Subject: NSA Surveillance Resolution
According to Recent revelations, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected and is collecting “metadata” or transactional information regarding telephone and Internet communications. This is shocking to Americans, in particular, I believe that it is the breadth of the data gathering that is most alarming.

While Americans understand the importance of the war on terror, many questions have been raised regarding the scope of the data gathering and the inclusion of communication that has taken place wholly within the United States. A broad spectrum of organizations, including Americans for Limited Government, the Tenth Amendment Center, the American Library Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute have expressed concern regarding these revelations and have asked Congress to investigate the NSA surveillance program and report to the American people.

I agree that such an investigation must take place. Therefore, I will soon introduce a resolution memorializing Congress to establish a special committee to investigate and report on the NSA’s surveillance program and recommend any necessary reforms to the Patriot Act or the conduct of the NSA, FBI and any other agencies involved in this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Nissly in my Harrisburg office by calling: 717-783-1673 or email: lnissly@pahousegop.com

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