Credo Action has sent out the following email calling on constituents of Rep. Adam Smith to phone the representative and complain about his vote against the Amash/Conyers amendment that would have reined in NSA spying on Americans.
Rep. Smith is ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, and his old district, near Olympia, included several military bases. So, perhaps Smith (no relation) probably felt obligated to support the military and security state. Most Democrats supported the amendment.
Make a call to hold Rep. Smith accountable for betraying the Constitution.
Last week Rep. Smith voted to allow the NSA to continue its indiscriminate collection of phone call records of Americans suspected of no wrongdoing.
Call Rep. Smith and tell him that his vote against the Amash/Conyers amendment was a betrayal of his duty to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Last week, the House narrowly voted down an amendment that would have reined in the NSA’s indiscriminate practice of collecting the phone call records of all Americans.
The amendment, sponsored by Republican Jason Amash and progressive champion John Conyers, brought together a coalition of unlikely bedfellows from across the political spectrum, all united in opposition to the PATRIOT Act’s unconstitutional intrusion into the lives of Americans suspected of no wrongdoing.
There is something fundamentally un-American and deeply undemocratic about this kind of government surveillance.
Yet your member of Congress, Adam Smith, voted to continue allowing the NSA to spy on us.
The vote last week was the first chance for members of the House to respond to the recent, shocking revelations about NSA spying.
Despite the White House and Republican Leadership doing everything they could to stop it — including holding an emergency, classified members-only briefing after it became clear the amendment would be voted on — the Amash/Conyers amendment only lost by 12 votes.
While we lost this vote, we will continue to build on this result. And if we play our cards right, this is a fight we can win.
But in order to emerge stronger, we need to speak out now to make sure that the members who voted the wrong way hear from constituents who will hold them accountable for their betrayal of our constitutional rights.
Thank you for standing up for our civil liberties.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager