PETITION URGING CONGRESS TO USE ITS MANY CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS – PARTICULARLY THE 'POWER OF THE PURSE' – TO HALT AND REVERSE THE CANCEROUS GROWTH OF AMERICA'S EVER-EXPANDING SURVEILLANCE/POLICE STATE

To: The United States Congress

Whereas, in recent years – but especially since the election of Barack Obama as president – America has moved progressively toward becoming a surveillance/police state reminiscent of George Orwell's "1984";

Whereas, Americans have learned, to their horror, that virtually every phone call they make and email they send is being captured and archived for the National Security Agency;

Whereas, due to the installation of video-cameras on almost every street corner, Americans are becoming accustomed to being watched all the time;

Whereas, not only does the FBI use drones to surveil Americans, but so do other federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, which reportedly uses unmanned aerial vehicles to spy on farms to assure compliance with environmental regulations;

Whereas, U.S. law enforcement is becoming increasingly militarized, resulting in a fundamental change in character of police work – from peace officers who "serve and protect" to heavily armed soldiers using battlefield tactics on other Americans, resulting in frequent overreach, use of excessive force and violation of citizens' constitutional rights;

Whereas, under Obama the IRS has outrageously and illegally targeted and harassed hundreds of conservative and Christian groups – and likewise, recent news reports reveal donors to conservative and Christian groups may be 10 times more likely to be audited by the IRS than others;

Whereas, high-profile conservative political activists like Dinesh D'Souza are being selectively targeted for prosecution by the Obama Justice Department;

Whereas, the CIA is building a vast database of international money transfers that includes millions of Americans' financial and personal data;

Whereas, "black boxes" – or EDRs, event data recorders – are already being built into almost all new cars, which while providing useful data on crashes, raise huge and disturbing privacy issues;

Whereas, hate-crimes laws are effectively making even the politically incorrect thoughts of Americans illegal;

Whereas, government under Obama now has gotten its hands into seemingly everything – from capturing our phone and email communications, to controlling what goes in our school lunches, to monitoring our private communications on Facebook, to determining the content of our prayers in public places;

Whereas, the Congress of the United States possesses awesome and varied powers vested in it by the people through the Constitution, powers sufficient to totally rectify each and every one of these flagrant violations of Americans' fundamental rights:

SIGN THE PETITION

Therefore, we the undersigned demand that members of Congress use the constitutional powers and discretion the founders gave them, and which voters trusted them to wield on their behalf, to stand up boldly and halt the rapidly evolving police state America is becoming. Congress, with its clear and uncontested "power of the purse," possesses the absolute power to singlehandedly say "NO" to each and every federal overreach and outrage. Make no mistake: Funding comes only with the approval of the United States House of Representatives, a majority of whose members claim to favor governmental restraint and fidelity to the Constitution. If a federal program is harmful and unconstitutional, it exists ONLY because the U.S. Congress – and in particular the House of Representatives – has allowed it to be so.

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