Westmoreland needs to support the USA Freedom Act

Lynn Westmoreland claims to be a conservative, small-government Republican. He has pushed for less government intrusion in areas such as education, health care and business, all solid conservative stances.

Given such a record, one wonders why Rep. Westmoreland continues to support the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of the American people. On his website, he argues that the programs of phone and Internet monitoring are both legal and under government oversight, so we have nothing to worry about.

Forgive me, but when did conservatives start trusting the government to simply do the right thing? It is odd how Rep. Westmoreland's scruples about Big Government and abuse of power, so strident when denouncing the evils of Obamacare, the IRS, and Benghazi, seem to vanish into thin air the moment that "national security" is mentioned.

Whatever people may think of Edward Snowden or his actions, the mass surveillance of the American people is a serious threat to our liberty. The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361), put forward by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, would limit the powers of the NSA and introduce some badly needed transparency to the surveillance process. So far, Rep. Westmoreland has not signed the bill. If he wishes to show that he cares more about the rights of the American people than the power of the federal government, he should give it his support.

J. Braden Chancellor

Franklin



More Opinion

It’s show time, er, fair time

With cooler weather starting to move in, you know it’s time for the Coweta County Fair. The annual event kicked off yesterday and will ... Read More


Enough with domestic violence

It started with a clip of a football player pulling his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Recently released additional video shows the ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? Some members of the East Coweta High School Marching Band were burned ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on unswerving ideals: He epitomized the expression "doing well by doing good." His chicken sandwiches made ... Read More


The president and ISIS

The greatest threat facing America is terrorism. Today, that terrorism shows its face through ISIS. They rape, torture and kill men, women a ... Read More

Take a moment

On this day in 2001, at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade ... Read More