The American people need forthright members of Congress to keep us informed — to the extent possible — about what the government is doing to us in our name. As there are no external sources of information on the classified portions of the government, the integrity of the elected officials serving as watchdogs is of paramount importance.
In April of 2013, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger used these words to describe the Cyberspace Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), about a month before the American people began to learn the scope of bulk surveillance: "MYTH: The government will amass countless amounts of data on U.S. citizens which will sit on government computer servers." His defense of the USA Freedom Act included the words: "The big database up at the National Security Agency that contains phone numbers of millions of Americans will go away." His statement in defense of the USA Freedom Act in 2014 tells us clearly that his statement in 2013 about CISPA was deceptive.
Mr. Ruppersberger described the USA Freedom Act on the floor of Congress using these words: "It ends bulk collection of all meta-data by the government. Those that say this bill will legalize bulk collection are wrong. They're trying to scare you by making you think there are monsters under the bed. There aren't." Can we trust him?
The writer is a Democratic candidate in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District.
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