rep rodney alexander's vote

rep rodney alexander's vote

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very disappointed

Alexandria, LA

#1 Jul 27, 2013
On July 24, 2013 our Representatives had the opportunity to vote FOR Rep. Amash's bill to stop the National Security Agency's unconstitutionally collection of data on innocent American citizens. I wrote Rep. Rodney Alexander to vote for the protection of our liberties. He voted NO! He then sent correspondence to me. Here is his letter and my response. It is so long I have divided it into 2 parts.

PART 1

Rep. Rodney Alexander responded to my request he vote for the Amash amendment after he had voted "NO" and my response to his comments.
Rep Alexander:
Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bill that would severely limit the authority of the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct surveillance on telephone records. I appreciate hearing your concerns on this issue.
Me:
Yes,, I realize the Amish amendment would severely limit the unconstitutional "authority" of the NSA to conduct surveillance on telephone records. That was the whole purpose of the amendment.

Rep. Alexander:
Initial reports indicated that the NSA has been collecting millions of phone records from Verizon Wireless customers. This action is allowed under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) warrant that was filed in April of this year. According to the FISC order, Verizon Wireless was required, on an “ongoing, daily basis,” to give the NSA information on all phone calls that occurred within its system. Subsequently, it was revealed that through a program known as PRISM, the NSA has also been collecting information from other technology companies, such as Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft. The goal of all of this is to identify communications between potential terrorist groups both at home and abroad

Me:
The action that you admit has been going on infringes on our 4th amendment rights. The 4th amendment guards against unreasonable search and seizure and requires probable cause for such actions. Yet, you know by the above reports that millions of private citizen rights have been violated. Our representatives , elected by the people , have sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States, haven't they? The Amash amendment was to limit the infringement on our rights to our constitutionally protected freedom to privacy.

Rep Alexander:
While I believe law enforcement and the intelligence community should have all the resources necessary to keep Americans safe, I also believe they should be held within the bounds of the Constitution.

Me:
Surely, you can see the NSA is way out of bounds of the Constitution, can't you?? That's why Amash introduced his legislation!

Rep. Alexander:
The extent of the data seized by NSA is troubling, and I support a full top-to-bottom investigation of these actions to ensure that the agency acted within the law and within the Constitution.

Me:
Your comments on the "troubling action" of NSA are past tense. What good will an expensive, non-productive, delaying tactic of a " full top-to-bottom investigation" do? While that so-called investigation is being done, more data will be illegally collected from the citizens in your district and you did nothing to stop the on-going "troubling" seizure of data that the Amash bill would have stopped.

Rep Alexander:
However, I voted against Rep. Amash’s amendment because I felt that it was a hasty move that would go too far in removing important tools from the hands of people on the front lines of the war on terror.
very disappointed

Alexandria, LA

#2 Jul 27, 2013
Me:
Representative Alexander, we need hasty action to STOP the eroding of our freedom of privacy . It has been said by many wise ones, that if we give up our freedom for a little security, we will end up with neither freedom nor security.

Rep Alexander:
This amendment was offered ignoring the successes of this program in keeping Americans safe. If it had passed, it would have emboldened America’s enemies and made our nation less secure, and it is for these reasons that the Heritage Foundation also came out against the amendment.

Me:
Collecting data on millions of citizens ,without probable cause does nothing for security. It further increases government control over those in your district that you were elected to serve. You voted to remove us further from the Constitution that you vowed to uphold. You were elected by the people of the congressional district you serve in Louisiana and not the Heritage Foundation , which by the way, has no good record of supporting the Constitution.

Rep Alexander:
Understanding public concern on this issue, the House overwhelmingly passed the Nugent/Pompeo amendment, which said that none of the funds in the defense appropriations bill may be used by the NSA to target a U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a US person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails. I voted for this amendment because it struck the right balance by preventing the NSA from going beyond what law permits, while ensuring they retain the proper tools to be able to effectively combat
terrorism.

Me:
The people you were elected to serve back in Louisiana understand the Nugent/Pompeo amendment did nothing to change ANY activity of the NSA including the continued collecting of our phone records!! It is the same old tactic of the establishment to offer a counter amendment to give cover when a good, sound, liberty amendment that may pass is proposed. Can you explain what was in the Pompeo bill that was not already law?? I find nothing, myself. Your voting for that didn't help ONE THING.

Rep Alexander:
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. Please know that I always take into consideration the concerns of those I represent, and I hope that you will continue to keep me informed of the issues that are important to you and your family

Me:
I'm very disappointed you chose to let our freedoms be further eroded and our Constitutional form of government be violated by not voting for the Amash amendment
Bert

Winnfield, LA

#3 Jul 27, 2013
He's just like all of them there, a pompous rich blowhard. they want the power. they care nothing about those they supposedly represent. Why are they building a whole city in Utah,?(the nsa) because they need the room. they're recording every phone call and every email.
very disappointed

Pineville, LA

#4 Jul 27, 2013
Bert wrote:
He's just like all of them there, a pompous rich blowhard. they want the power. they care nothing about those they supposedly represent. Why are they building a whole city in Utah,?(the nsa) because they need the room. they're recording every phone call and every email.
Rodney Alexander had the chance of a lifetime to STOP this collection of our private data, but refused and voted NO on the Amash amendment.
very disappointed

Pineville, LA

#5 Jul 28, 2013
Bert wrote:
He's just like all of them there, a pompous rich blowhard. they want the power. they care nothing about those they supposedly represent. Why are they building a whole city in Utah,?(the nsa) because they need the room. they're recording every phone call and every email.
Amen!
Here is a video explaining the real purpose of "national security".
http://www.dailypaul.com/293727/stop-the-pres...
very disapointed

Alexandria, LA

#6 Jul 29, 2013
The Defense Industry contributes to lawmakers' campaign funds. Those congress people who have been receiving the most from the Defense Industry over the last two years for their campaigns are the ones who voted NO to the Amash amendment to halt NSA's unconstitutional collection of data on American citizens.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/mone...

Rodney Alexander sold out the Constitution and America in favor of dollars in his pocket! What a disgrace. People vote him out!! He does not have our interest in his actions and voting. It's all about keeping himself at the public trough.
bump

Pollock, LA

#9 Aug 2, 2013
This thread is not posting latest posts for some reason
we are now all terroist

Pineville, LA

#10 Aug 3, 2013
http://www.storyleak.com/everyone-now-terrori ...
Thanks to those congressmen (Rodney Alexander) who voted to allow the unconstitutional NSA to continue its illegal activities. Now the government considers every one of us terrorists. Could the congressmen who voted "NO" to the Amash amendment be called traitors by not protecting our 4th amendment rights?
shameful

Pollock, LA

#11 Aug 5, 2013
very disappointed wrote:
<quoted text>
Rodney Alexander had the chance of a lifetime to STOP this collection of our private data, but refused and voted NO on the Amash amendment.
A traitor to the Constitution and our 4th amendment rights.
very disapointed

Powhatan, LA

#12 Aug 6, 2013
shameful wrote:
<quoted text>
A traitor to the Constitution and our 4th amendment rights.
Rodney Alexander is not going to see re-election in 2014.
He gave a reason as :
“Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” he said.“Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon...."
And he VOTED TO DO AWAY WITH OUR 4th amendment rights! Then talks about congress not producing solutions to better this nation??
Just remember how he does not value our constitution if ever he runs for governor or any other office.
birds of a feather

Pineville, LA

#13 Aug 8, 2013
Gov. Jindal has appointed former Congressman Alexander to a Veteran affairs post in state government.
Alexander moved from one government trough to another one.
Alexander claims he looks forward to ..."working with the Governor and for veterans to make sure that their needs are protected."
You are the enemy, Mr. Alexander! You should be ashamed to trample our Constitution under foot, then say ,
"make sure their (veterans) needs are PROTECTED!"
You don't have a thought of protecting veterans needs or you would have done so when you were in Washington to represent all of us, but instead, YOU voted to keep funding the illegal, unconstitutional data gathering on every veteran, veteran's family, and their future generations. You did more to dismantle our republic than a phantom enemy many of our vets suffer permanent harm from by being sent to an undeclared war. No, you made your choice to dismantle our Republic, and do away with our veterans 4th amendment rights.
Judgement day is coming.
Bumblefoot

Shreveport, LA

#14 Aug 8, 2013
birds of a feather wrote:
Gov. Jindal has appointed former Congressman Alexander to a Veteran affairs post in state government.
Alexander moved from one government trough to another one.
Alexander claims he looks forward to ..."working with the Governor and for veterans to make sure that their needs are protected."
You are the enemy, Mr. Alexander! You should be ashamed to trample our Constitution under foot, then say ,
"make sure their (veterans) needs are PROTECTED!"
You don't have a thought of protecting veterans needs or you would have done so when you were in Washington to represent all of us, but instead, YOU voted to keep funding the illegal, unconstitutional data gathering on every veteran, veteran's family, and their future generations. You did more to dismantle our republic than a phantom enemy many of our vets suffer permanent harm from by being sent to an undeclared war. No, you made your choice to dismantle our Republic, and do away with our veterans 4th amendment rights.
Judgement day is coming.
I think you give Congressman Alexander too much credit. It will take more than one bought-and-paid-for politician to dismantle our Republic.

But keep fighting the good fight – won’t be voting for Gov. Jindal anytime soon either.
cna you believe

Powhatan, LA

#15 Aug 22, 2013
we are now all terroist wrote:
http://www.storyleak.com/every one-now-terrori...
Thanks to those congressmen (Rodney Alexander) who voted to allow the unconstitutional NSA to continue its illegal activities. Now the government considers every one of us terrorists. Could the congressmen who voted "NO" to the Amash amendment be called traitors by not protecting our 4th amendment rights?
There will be a new face in the political arena; not just another politician trying to better his position in the government which so many candidates are guilty.
Mr. Herford will release his statement tomorrow that he is running for Rodney Alexanders' vacated seat in Congress.
He was a school teacher for more than 20 years before entering into real estate business.

He says he is not a career politician and is not like his opponents who use their present government position to step up the ladder to a higher political position.

He says he will vote to cut down and stop domestic spying programs by the NSA. Alexander voted to continue NSA spying.
This man seems to know our constitutional form of government begs for less federal government. We have a chance to elect "one of us" not another bought and paid for politician.
costly election

Pineville, LA

#16 Aug 27, 2013
it requires a special election to be held in the 5th Congressional District because Congressman Rodney Alexander cut his deal with Bobby Jindal, Timmy Teepell and Neil Riser to resign early, in exchange for a state job. see Forgotson.com
The election will cost us around $1.2 million dollars.
Vote for anyone but Neil Riser who has a deal with Alexander and Jindal, apparently.
another leach

Pineville, LA

#17 Aug 29, 2013
birds of a feather wrote:
Gov. Jindal has appointed former Congressman Alexander to a Veteran affairs post in state government.
Alexander moved from one government trough to another one.
Alexander claims he looks forward to ..."working with the Governor and for veterans to make sure that their needs are protected."
You are the enemy, Mr. Alexander! You should be ashamed to trample our Constitution under foot, then say ,
"make sure their (veterans) needs are PROTECTED!"
You don't have a thought of protecting veterans needs or you would have done so when you were in Washington to represent all of us, but instead, YOU voted to keep funding the illegal, unconstitutional data gathering on every veteran, veteran's family, and their future generations. You did more to dismantle our republic than a phantom enemy many of our vets suffer permanent harm from by being sent to an undeclared war. No, you made your choice to dismantle our Republic, and do away with our veterans 4th amendment rights.
Judgement day is coming.
I hear Congressman Rodney Alexander resigned early in exchange for a state job from Jindal to allow State Sen. Neil Riser to slide into the 5th Congressional District seat in a special election.

Let's break this buddy-buddy political alliance and elect anyone , but Riser. Let's quit promoting a politician from one government trough to a more lucrative one. Get a fresh face in the House this time. We can't keep electing the same old group and expect the outcome to be better. We know how Riser's buddy Alexander voted to continue to allow government surveillance of our phone conversations, emails, and more.

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