There are major steps being taken to help end the mass surveillance of United States Citizens. The Good Doctor here would like to encourage you to take steps yourself to help us. Regardless of your thoughts on Snowden, current politics, or otherwise, the unchecked collection of data by the NSA is monumental and Orwellian. Each and every one of us is currently being treated like a suspect. This sort of life under glass is the first step in enabling the boot on the face of humanity forever. So come on folks, let’s try to end mass surveillance and tell our leadership that we will not exchange liberty for safety and complacency. Call or write your representative and tell them to do their job and represent their people and not their own interests.
Strike at the root.
Update: It was brought to my attention that James Sensenbrenner Jr (R-WI), author of this bill, wrote the legislation that allowed for the collection of our data in the first place. I decided to continue due diligence and investigate this bill. I have read it and have decided to keep my link up. The wording of the proposed legislation enables actions that the ACLU and many other advocacy groups support for ending mass data collection and increased law enforcement transparency and public accountability. The PATRIOT act was a poorly worded, knee jerk document, and people make mistakes. People can rectify mistakes as well. Sensenbrenner’s moderate voting record is commendable in the current political atmosphere, and while I don’t agree with all of his platforms, I appreciate his ability to negotiate and to acknowledge that PRISM was far outside of the scope of what he intended and has taken steps to rectify the situation.
It has come to my attention that Senate Bill no. 304 will be put up to vote in the coming legislative session. After having read the contents of this bill, the “municipal communications network and private telecommunications investment safeguards act,” nothing in the language of this bill protects consumers or anyone living in the state of Kansas. The only groups this bill protects are large privately owned communications companies such as Time Warner, Comcast, or other media giants. Each community should be free to make decisions about how to enable the best possible internet and television service that they possibly can. This bill was clearly drafted by lobbyists attempting to target municipal networks like Google Fiber, which has cut into the profits of the large mega corporations that previously had a monopoly on this market, and prevent them from catching on. This bill is an offensive intrusion into a “free market” that many representatives claim is the fundamental process driving the economy and the government. Please do not allow lobbyists and representatives in the pockets of those lobbyists unfairly limit how Kansans connect to media, colleagues, and information available on the internet.