Dear Representatives Chaffetz and Matheson,

It is Memorial Day weekend. I am angered. You cast a troop-dishonoring vote against the Smith-Amash Amendment that would end kidnapping. You euphemistically call it “indefinite detention”.

The vote came a day AFTER a federal judge placed an injunction on the practice based on First AND Fifth Amendments grounds! Don’t you read the papers?

The hearing testimony and the judge’s ruling are instructive.

  • Opponents were proven right; Americans were at risk of a military kidnapping at the President’s whim.
  • Members of both Armed Service Committees misled you about Sections 1021 and 1022 of NDAA 2012.

Now, thankfully, Section 1021 can’t be used within our borders.

Let me ask you…

  • Have you been lying about the bill?
  • Are you ignoring the real, textual concerns of civil libertarians, choosing instead to believe the false propaganda of the Armed Services Committee? (The text matters more than their intentions.)
  • Did you originally misunderstand the bill, yet STILL ignore the federal judge’s ruling?
  • Did you abandon your oath of office to support the Constitution and instead decided to “let the Supreme Court sort it out?”

You’d agree that the Supreme Court gets things wrong. That’s why it’s YOUR responsibility to stop unconstitutional legislation before it even reaches the courts!

There’s another thing I wonder about…

You will give AT LEAST one Memorial Day speech this weekend. Chances are you will honor our nation’s war dead by saying they “fought for our freedom.”

  • Do you see ANY contradiction between your vote and your freedom rhetoric?
  • Isn’t a country where the commander-in-chief can kidnap anyone at will the definition of an UNFREE country?
  • Are you dishonoring those who’ve “died for our freedom” by your delinquent legislative actions?

I demand you reconsider. Repent for what you’ve done. Going forward, support repeal of the kidnapping provisions. Tell your colleagues and the Senate that you will do this.

In solidarity,

(your name here)

Dear Representative Bishop,

Thank you for supporting the Smith-Amash Amendment to the 2013 NDAA.

Last week a federal judge agreed with my concerns (that I voiced to you before your vote on the 201 NDAA) and placed an injunction against the 2012 NDAA “indefinite detention” provisions, because they violate the First and Fifth Amendments.

By supporting repeal, you followed your oath of office and the Constitution. Thank you.

Stand firm on this issue!

Please tell Senators Hatch and Lee to insist on restoration of this amendment when they consider the NDAA.

In the House, you must oppose the 2013 NDAA Conference Report unless indefinite detention is repealed.

To prevent the police state that this country seems to be running toward we need you to keep fighting!

Even though it didn’t pass, thank you again for supporting Liberty and Freedom with your vote to support the Smith-Amash Amendment.

In solidarity,

Joe Levi
SY08 Precinct Chair

I just sent the follow letter to Senators Hatch and Lee. Feel free to borrow this copy, modify it however you like, and send it on to our Senators (or your own Senator, if you’re not in Utah).

May 22nd, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch
104 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Mike Lee
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

SUBJECT: Support the 4th Amendment by Rejecting So-Called “Cybersecurity” Bills

Dear Senators,

The “cybersecurity” bills being considered in Congress are intrusive and unnecessary.

  • CISPA (HR 3523), which passed the House, isn’t really about cybersecurity at all because it allows the feds to collect personal data to prosecute non-cybercrimes.
  • The Lieberman-Collins bill (S 2105) imposes unnecessary standards and regulations on private firms that already have a self-interest in protecting themselves from cyber threats.

I also oppose the SECURE IT Act (S 2151), which threatens my privacy and civil liberties. Among its many problems, SECURE IT:

  • Encourages private companies to monitor Internet usage, seeking ill-defined “cyber threat information,” even when this would violate their contracts with their customers.
  • Exempts private companies from current privacy and tort laws by allowing the sharing of my personal records with the Megastate.
  • Sets no standards to anonymize private information.
  • Facilitates the sharing of my personal information with the NSA and the military.

And it does these things, even when the information gleaned has ZERO to do with cybersecurity. Let’s  call them what they really are “Online Privacy Revocation” bills. Private companies would enjoy legal immunity even when they break their own contracts. Citizens will have no legal recourse if the government abuses its new powers under the bill. Worst of all, SECURE IT also circumvents the Fourth Amendment. It gives the Federal Leviathan access to my personal information — data that would normally require a search warrant to obtain.

If “cybersecurity” was really a concern, Congress could have passed a narrowly-tailored law that allows information sharing to prevent cyber-attacks, yet also protects my privacy. Congress has not done this. This has gone MUCH further. Is it an accident? This makes me suspect that “cybersecurity”, like “terrorism”, is a scare word designed to frighten me into surrendering more privacy and liberty.

I insist that you REJECT ALL of these “cybersecurity” bills unless they are in the form of a Constitutional Amendment to modify (or overturn) the 4th Amendment.

I do NOT consent to the type of erosion of my 4th Amendment Rights. I await you response either in-favor of privacy and the 4th Amendment, or your justification for bypassing the 4th Amendment with these poorly named “Privacy Revocation” Bills.

In solidarity,

Joe Levi, SY08 Precinct Chair
(address redacted)

Representative Bishop,

Not long ago I contacted you about some concerning provisions of the NDAA. You wrote back justifying your vote of support.

Since that time more concerns have been raised about the NDAA, which essentially declared all American soil a “war zone”. The bill sanctioned the illegal powers that this President and the former President claimed to possess. It is unconstitutional and dangerous to use the military to kidnap and imprison anyone the President chooses. Although the points you made are valid, the bill still allows too much ambiguity that could be used against otherwise law-abiding citizens who a bureaucrat may feel is “connected” with a “suspected terrorist”.

I know you and I disagree on this point, and I respect that we can agree to disagree.

Luckily, the 2013 NDAA bill is upcoming! Unfortunately, it does not repeal the “legalized kidnapping” provisions of the 2012 NDAA. However, I believe the Smith-Amash Amendment would resolve our differences.

The Smith-Amash Amendment:

  • bans so-called “indefinite detention” (kidnapping) on American soil. Those arrested MUST be charged or tried.
  • terminates the use of military commissions for those detained on U.S. soil. Instead, they would enjoy the DUE PROCESS rights provided in the Constitution and would be tried in regular federal criminal courts.
  • prevents civilian law enforcement from transferring U.S. suspects to the military for indefinite detention.
  • clarifies that neither the 2012 NDAA or the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force gives the military authority to detain persons on U.S. soil.
  • repeals Section 1022 of the 2012 NDAA, which REQUIRES the military to put some civilian suspects into military detention.

Constitutional procedures protect ALL persons in the United States, not just American citizens. That’s because human rights are “pre-constitutional.” (http://tinyurl.com/7utzq35)

The Smith-Amash Amendment is the ONLY one that addresses my concerns with the 2012 NDAA. It restores due process rights to citizens and non-citizens alike.

It is my hope that you’ll find the Smith-Amash Amendment to be well constructed and help mend the divide that your support of the 2012 NDAA bill created between you and many of your constituents (myself included).

I do not consent to being governed under the provisions of the 2012 NDAA. Please support the Smith-Amash Amendment to the 2013 NDAA.

With respect, I await your response,

– Joe Levi, Precinct Chair, SY08

Rick Santorum just announced that he has suspended his presidential campaign after his 3-year-old daughter fell ill with pneumonia.

With Mitt Romney looking like he’s leading the pack for the GOP Nomination, where do you suspect votes that would have gone to Santorum will go? Romney? Gingrich? Or Ron Paul?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/10/santorum/#ixzz1rfJt1WIN
Source: Fox News

Dear State Delegates,

I hope you are enjoying your experience as a state delegate so far! We are so lucky to have many great candidates running for office. I encourage you to go out of your way to reach out to all of them. You have an important responsibility to study each of the candidates and know where they stand on the issues. I am amazed at impressed all the time the candidates, campaigns and volunteers put into working for the state.

Today I am highlighting the race for the U.S. Senate. There are 10 candidates running for the U.S. Senate. I have included their contact information (as provided to the Utah GOP by each of them) below listed in random ballot and speaking order. I encourage you to vet all of them. The Utah Republican Party is proud to have such a distinguished group running in 2012. All of them are worthy of your consideration.

Also, starting tomorrow, to better assist delegates in meeting all the candidates, campaigns will be able to post their campaign events at www.utgop.org. I hope this helps you and the candidates connect even easier and more frequently.

Regards,

Chairman Thomas Wright

Jeremy Friedbaum

  • Phone: 801-375-1995
  • Email: jfeditor@iname.com
  • Website: http://www.jlf4senate.com

Kevin Fisk

  • Phone: 801-413-0103
  • Email: kevinfisk2012@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.kevinfisk2012.com

Loy Brunson

  • Phone: 801-735-5777
  • Email: loy@theoathofoffice.com
  • Website: http://www.brunsonforsenate.com

Dale Ash

Tim Aalders

Dan Liljenquist

William J. “Dub” Lawrence

  • Phone: 801-839-8019
  • Email: dublawrenceforsenate@gmail.com
  • Website: http://www.dublawrenceforsenate.org

David Chiu

  • Phone: 801-616-1463
  • Email: chiusrightforussenate@gmail.com

Chris Herrod

Orrin Hatch

County Delegates and Alternates, in an effort to help you become acquainted with various candidates, I am forwarding on the contents of an email from the John Swallow for Utah AG team. Mr. Swallow is not the only candidate for the office and I encourage you to research each candidate before casting your vote.

You are invited to join Chief Deputy Attorney General John Swallow at a candidate meet and greet; below are the events scheduled for next week.  John will be answering your questions and discussing his role in the Obamacare hearings before the U.S. Supreme Court.

To read about John’s extensive 21 year legal background please click HERE.

Be sure to RSVP to info@johnswallow.com – food is provided.

Who: Chief Deputy A.G. and Candidate for Attorney General John Swallow
What:  Candidate Meet and Greet

When and Where:

Thursday April 5, 2012

  1. 8:00 a.m. at IHOP 925 West State Road, American Fork
  2. 2:30 p.m. at Los Hermanos 395 N State St, Lindon
  3. 4:00 p.m. at Le Chateau 1675 North Freedom Blvd. #10g, Provo

Friday April 6, 2012

  1. 8:00 a.m. at JB’s Restaurant 635 West State Street, Hurricane
  2. 10:00 a.m. at Zimmy’s Market Cafe 188 N. Bluff, St. George
  3. 2:00 p.m. at Brick Oven Pizza 1410 East Blvd, St. George

Monday April 9, 2012

  1. 8:00 a.m. at Denny’s 2341 West Main St, Tremonton
  2. 10:00 a.m. at Bert’s 89 South Main St, Brigham City
  3. 12:00 p.m. at Aggie’s Creamery 7750 N 1200 E, Logan
  4. 2:00 p.m. at Jack’s Fired Pizza, 256 N. Main St, Logan
  5. 4:00 p.m. at Smithfield Calloway’s 54 North Main Street, Smithfield

Tuesday April 10, 2012

  1. 9:00 a.m. at Lamb’s Cafe 169 S. Main St, Salt Lake City
  2. 10:30 a.m. at Gandolfo’s 300 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City
  3. 1:30 p.m. at Red Robin 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City
  4. 3:00 p.m. at Cracker Barrel 2283 City Center Ct, West Valley City
  5. 4:30 p.m. at Wingers 3671 South 2700 West, West Valley City

Wednesday April 11, 2012

  1. 9:30 a.m. at Paradise Bakery, 135 North 500 West, Bountiful
  2. 12:30 p.m. at Chili’s 371 West Parrish Lane, Centerville
  3. 2:30 p.m. at Chili’s 1047 West Riverdale Rd, Riverdale
  4. 4:30 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Restaurant 1307 West 12th Street, Ogden

Thursday April 12, 2012

  1. 7:30 a.m. at Village Inn 1780 5600 South Street, Roy
  2. 9:30 a.m. at Bagels and Buns 2487 Grant Ave, Ogden
  3. 11:30 a.m. at IHOP 189 12th Street, Ogden
  4. 4:00 p.m. at Denny’s 5805 Harrison Blvd, Ogden

Friday April 13, 2012

  1. 8:00 a.m. at Mimi’s Café 304 East University Parkway, Orem
  2. 10:00 a.m. at Cracker Barrell 460 South 2000 West, Springville
  3. 12:00 p.m. at Taco Amigo 239 East State Rd, Pleasant Grove
  4. 2:00 p.m. at Training Table 13298 Market Center Dr, Riverton
  5. 3:30 p.m. at The Pie 10627 South Redwood Road, South Jordan
  6. 5:00 p.m. at Famous Dave’s 7273 South Plaza Center Drive, West Jordan