The Constitutional Rights Association vows to fight domestic spying
Caroline MacGregor July 29, 2013 | WGVU The fallout from former NSA Systems Administrator, Edward
Snowden’s disclosure of domestic surveillance on this country’s citizens by the
US government, continues to burgeon. Revelations of wiretapping along with intrusion
into private emails, facebook accounts, and phone records has resulted in a backlash
of nervous opposition, some fearing the country is headed in a direction where
basic constitutional rights are threatened.
Among those, Kim Thompson, whose non-profit
group, The Constitution Rights Association, was recently formed in response to
Snowden’s release of U.S. electronic surveillance programs to the news media.
“to the NSA”
Although the Grandville-based group’s formation was publicly
announced, reaching Thompson for an interview was, in itself, not a
straightforward task. He readily admits his organization has safeguards in
place against certain inquiries.
Vigilant about being law abiding, Thompson has released
the names of board and staff members to state agencies, as required for non
profits. While acknowledging the limits of government resources, he says he's particularly
concerned about the use of keyword indexing.
Thompson says he first ran into a problem talking with attorneys
who, while agreeing the programs are unconstitutional, fear reprisal.
Thompson says he’ll challenge political candidates who
support domestic spying, through public engagement.
Rep. Justin Amash, who narrowly failed to pass
an amendment to limit the NSA’s ability to gather telephone metadata, declined
to comment directly on the group.
"think they're suspect"
Amash says the constitution is designed to protect Americans
from what he terms, a "broad sweeping collection of information" and vows to continue to push
legislation in an attempt to “reign in" the power of the NSA in spite of White
Edward Snowden, meanwhile, continues to elude attempts by the
US to extradite him back to
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