One more nail in the coffin of the 4th amendment

A copy of the letter I sent to my congressman and senators today regarding the FBI's request to seize more personal information about your electronic life.

I read this morning in the Washington Post the article on the Obama Administration's request to grant the FBI expanded powers in seek electronic information about American citizens without a warrant.

These expanded powers, as part of the National Securities Letters issued under the FBI's own authority, fly directly in the face of the Constitution, specifically the fourth amendment which states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." This amendment which protects the privacy of every American citizen, continues to be eviscerated in the name of security.

As a constituent, I am asking you to stand against this usurpation of power by the executive branch. There is no reason why the FBI cannot obtain the information they need on an individual by seeking a warrant from the judicial branch. The FISA court can provide timely warrants while still allowing for some modicum of protect for the American citizenry.

Congressman, this is not about national security. This is about power accumulating more power until we are no longer citizens but subjects. Please act in the best interests of constituents like me and protect our constitutionally protected right to security in our persons, houses, papers, and effects.


Jason L. S. Raia
Valley Forge, PA