Privacy / Patriot Act / NDAA / Police State

A tragic consequence of being in a state of perpetual warfare around the world is that our fundamental liberties are being put in jeopardy. The right of privacy, in particular, is being steadily eroded by our own government in the name of national security. Enormous volumes of private conversations and other data are being collected and stored by the government "just in case." Well that's not a sufficient excuse to invade our privacy and shouldn't be tolerated.

There should be a proper balance between national security and our fundamental rights. At the moment, however, the equilibrium between these two interests is way off-balance. We can't let our government continue to erode our fundamental rights because eventually we won't have any rights left.

The only way to stop this process of "creeping authoritarianism" is to vigilantly protect our liberties and make sure the government knows that over-reaching by government actors will not be tolerated. Otherwise, if left unchecked, our government will continue to abuse its power.

Actually, it's in the best interest of the government to engage citizens in a dialogue about these issues. This would not only build trust, but also make citizens more willing to cooperate with the government to combat real national security threats when they arise.

Actions taken by Congress and signed into law by Presidents G. W. Bush and Obama, such as the Patriot Act, the Patriot Act II, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, take away too many rights from average Americans in order to address the actions of a relatively small number of extremists around the world. As a country, we need to have an inclusive dialogue to build trust and arrive at a rough consensus as to how we can protect our nation's security while preserving our most cherished freedoms.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, has long supported the NDAA '12 and both Patriot Acts. Walters is not fighting for WE the People. She is fighting for her Military Industrial Complex, Wall Street, and Billionaire Class campaign contributors associated with the Military Industrial Complex. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on Patriot Act (USA Act of 2001 introduced by Sensenbrenner, R-WI; Bill HR 2975)
  • YES on Patriot Act II (USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 by Sensenbrenner, R-WI; Bill HR 3199)
  • YES on NDAA ‘12 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 introduced by McKeon, R-CA; Bill HR 1540)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Government out of our private lives
  • Amend NDAA & Patriot Act by stripping away government’s overreach into our private lives and never allow them to become permanent
  • Cut unnecessary waste in our military spending
  • Restrict no-bid defense contracts
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale