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Overbroad Surveillance: A Chilling Effect on Public Meetings

Today I sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Louis Frankel on behalf of OpenMeetings.org.  Two pages, professionally typeset, enclosed in custom-made envelopes bearing the original 19th century Caligraph ad as a security pattern, then sent via certified mail.  The letter itself is an
in-district meeting request to discuss concerns over previously-undisclosed blanket government surveillance and how such widespread surveillance adversely affects open meetings; Rep. Frankel recently voted against the Amash amendment, which would have de-funded the domestic side of it.  (It’s important to note in the U.S. all funding bills must originate in the House.)  The amendment failed 205 to 217 with only seven additional votes needed for passage.

A copy of the letter is available.  I’ll update this post with the response sent on behalf of her office; in the meantime, I’d like to open a discussion thread on open thoughts related to this topic or items that should be discussed at the constituent meeting.  Please feel free to contact me directly at GChriss atAt openmeetings dotDot org or leave a comment below.