To the Congress of the United States
House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
|Chair: Rep Mike Rogers (MI-08)||Ranking Member: Rep C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)|
|Rep Mac Thornberry (TX-13)||Rep Mike Thompson (CA-01)|
|Rep Jeff Miller (FL-01)||Rep Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)|
|Rep Mike Conaway (TX-11)||Rep Jim Langevin (RI-02)|
|Rep. Pete King (NY-03)||Rep Adam Schiff (CA-28)|
|Rep Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)||Rep Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)|
|Rep Devin Nunes (CA-22)||Rep Ed Pastor (AZ-07)|
|Rep Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)||Rep Jim Himes (CT-04)|
|Rep Michelle Bachmann (MN-06)||Rep Terri Sewell (AL-07)|
|Rep Thomas J. Rooney (FL-17)|
|Rep Joe Heck (NV-03)|
|Rep Mike Pompeo (KS-04)|
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
|Dianne Feinstein, California, Chairman||Saxby Chambliss, Georgia, Vice Chairman|
|John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia||Richard Burr, North Carolina|
|Ron Wyden, Oregon||James E. Risch, Idaho|
|Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland||Daniel Coats, Indiana|
|Mark Udall, Colorado||Marco Rubio, Florida|
|Mark Warner, Virginia||Susan Collins, Maine|
|Martin Heinrich, New Mexico||Tom Coburn, Oklahoma|
|Angus King, Maine|
Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am a happy man.
I am so very happy that the oversight of the Intelligence Operations of the United States of America, for which you are responsible, does not depend upon you.
I am sure that all the various shadowy and showy intelligence agencies of the United States are also very happy with the important oversight you bring to their operations. Having you provide oversight is better (for them) than no oversight at all, because if anyone complains that they seem to be running roughshod over the United States Constitution; they can say that you serious men and women are making them follow the law, that they keep you informed of all they do, and you in turn make sure to keep the rest of the Congress of the United States appraised of what our Intelligence agencies are doing.
Fortunately, for everyone in the world, we still have courageous American people like Edward Snowden, and a few journalists and reporters who are doing your job for you.
I am probably wasting my time writing to you this way. Apparently to attain the position in the government of the United States which you hold, it seems you have to leave behind all the better angels of our nature; all empathy, all self-sacrifice, all sense of right and wrong. You replace it with political expediency, a thirst for power, and a sense of personal entitlement. What other explanation can there be for your total lack of oversight over the Intelligence community and lack of accountability to the people of not just the United States, but the world?
We, the people of United States gave the world this wonderful construct of a global Internet, which links all the people of the world in a single conversation. What a glorious technical and humanitarian gift for fostering the potential of every person in the world. We then completely ruin it by building into it a wiretap that we constantly monitor.
Who will ever trust the government of the United States again?
Who will ever trust any Internet company based in the United States again?
Why should the people of the United States ever trust you again?