Archive for Thursday, June 20, 2013

Letter: Yoder votes

June 20, 2013


To the editor:

In a recent email to constituents, Congressman Kevin Yoder expressed alarm about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and Internet activity. Yoder writes that he is concerned about “the massive overreach of government power…. They (the administration) do not have carte blanche to blatantly disregard the Fourth Amendment protections of Americans and investigate every law-abiding citizen.”

The ACLU concurs with the congressman’s concerns, but they seem out of sync with his voting record.

In 2011, Congressman Yoder voted to extend Patriot Act provisions that give the government sweeping authority to spy on individuals inside the United States — in some cases, without any suspicion of wrongdoing. He also voted against an amendment to protect library and bookstore records from suspicion-less government searches under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

We hope Congressman Yoder’s newfound unease about NSA surveillance will lead him to reconsider the wisdom of some of his past votes.


Brock Masters 4 years, 11 months ago

I bet Yoder didn't even read the Patriot Act before voting for it.

Bush traded our freedom for so-called security and now we have neither.

Ken Lassman 4 years, 11 months ago

Agreed. That's why it was given the name "Patriot" - so nobody would question its draconian measures. The Patriot Act was renewed at least once after that--will it be up for renewal again anytime soon?

Terry Sexton 4 years, 11 months ago

Drones could help protect us from World War Z. That's probably what's making you nervous.

Mike Ford 4 years, 11 months ago

you know this chameleon is a republican who looks like a younger Brownback right?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

About Yoder's words....

Do members of congress have any idea what the nations security/surveillance teams are doing? Why in the world would government turn over our nations security to for profit industry? Has the government lost all track of its' responsibilty to the people?

Why did Bush/Cheney privatize the nations security/surveillance because it seems to me these corporations will do anything to stay on the tax dollar payroll? Better yet why hasn't Obama pulled the plug and reined in our security operations?

Does Yoder have any idea how many USA covert assassination teams are on the loose throughout the world operating with a never ending list of people to assassinate? Radio news seems to know.

My guess Congress on all sides of the aisle has evolved into one of the most uninformed bodies on the planet. Congress always seems surprised when these matters surface. Are they not paying attention? How did two GOP home loan scams get by both sides of the aisle?

Too busy chasing special interest campaign dollars which takes hours and hours each day so I have read? It looks as though Brownback will fly to Paris? who knows?

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