The US Government and its many enforcement agencies have become a danger to the People they are elected to serve and to the Constitution that they swear an oath to protect. Many laws enacted post 9/11/2001 are being used in ways that have nothing to do with fighting terrorism, and are in fact terrorizing the US Citizens they were purportedly designed to protect.
Whereas, under the guise of protecting the American People from terrorism our government has enacted such laws as the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and Title X of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which we hold to be contrary to the preservation of a free and open society, and
Whereas, law enforcement agencies under the Obama Administration have used these same laws to arrest, prosecute, harass, and terrorize government whistleblowers, peaceful demonstrators, and citizens for exposing the many government abuses of these same laws, and
Whereas, the Congress continues to attempt the expansion of these dangerous and undemocratic powers through new laws such as Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (Patriot Act 2), and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and
Whereas, since 2001 these laws have been used to gather and record trillions of phone records, conversations, e-mails, and text messages; and to secretly harass, arrest, prosecute, imprison, and kill American citizens and non-citizens without regard for the due process guaranteed by the US Constitution, and
Whereas, the peace, prosperity, health, safety, domestic tranquility of America’s citizens have not improved with the passage and aggressive enforcement of these laws, and
Whereas, these same laws have only served to strengthen the position of corporations, multinational conglomerates, to transfer vast wealth to the hands of the few, and to weaken America’s standing here and abroad.
Therefore, we do hereby petition President Barack H. Obama:
To utilize the powers granted him under Article II of the US Constitution in fulfilling his 2008 campaign promises of transparent and ethical government,
To immediately and unequivocally put an end to all domestic spying, arrests, information mining, and harassments that have ensued from these aforementioned laws,
To initiate the repeal of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and Title X of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012,
To stop the unprecedented and widespread prosecutions of government whistleblowers who have revealed unethical or criminal behaviors by government agents, and
To fully and unequivocally restore the protections from Government intrusions as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States.