Rep Thompson is one of just 10 California Democrats who voted against Amash-Conyers and its requirement for warrants; moreover, he was on the Intelligence Committee that was supposed to be providing NSA oversight these past 6 years – the key “Congressional oversight” that the president boasts about in every speech defending the NSA. California senior Senator Feinstein has been similarly keeping thousands of abuses and breaches secret – or failed to learn about them at all.
|By: davidl Monday August 26, 2013 7:15 pm|
|By: davidl Thursday August 22, 2013 8:20 am|
Congressman who provides “oversight” of NSA claims to know nothing, operates entirely in secret
Just getting my bearings after an astonishing meeting at Congressman MIke Thompson’s office in Santa Rosa. Thompson is the only rep here in northern California (aside from obedient party leader Pelosi) who voted against the Amash/Conyers amendment, which says what the Constitution says: that no one should be subjected to surveillance without a proper warrant. I was there with three other Restore the Fourth activists: two locals (Casey Chartier and me) and two who had driven up from San Francisco, Zaki Manian and Gareth Scott. I barely knew them – brilliant collaborators!
|By: E. F. Beall Sunday July 7, 2013 4:00 pm|
If nothing else, the nationwide “Restore the Fourth” rallies on July 4 caused a resurgence in interest in the 4th amendment as measured by internet searches for “Fourth Amendment.”` See this graph, which shows that according to Google Trends, in late June interest in the Fourth Amendment had fallen to less than 20% of what it had been when the surveillance issue first broke, but went back up to 80% on July 4.
Of course a more conventional way to measure impact is by media presence.