by Joe Scarry
Since a jury just got done saying NO! to the efforts of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s attempts to use the Illinois terror statute to foment fear and repress dissent . . . and since today has been designated “The Day We Fight Back” against state surveillance, repression, and intimidation . . . and since the media is broadcasting a fresh threat by the Obama administration to assassinate a U.S. citizen using a drone strike . . . and since the Illinois primaries for every seat in congress fall just a few weeks away (March 18), it seems like a good time to ask all the members of the Illinois congressional delegation — current and prospective —
The Illinois congressional delegation had the chance to curtail NSA surveillance months ago . . . but they failed to support the Amash Conyers amendment. Now they have a fresh chance – pass the USA Freedom Act!
Demand a response from Illinois representatives today. It’s time to find out where they stand. And to make changes on March 18 if they won’t stand up for us.
1st District – Bobby Rush: @RepBobbyRush
2nd District – Robin Kelly: @RepRobinKelly
3rd District – Dan Lipinski: @RepLipinski
4th District – Luis Gutierrez: @LuisGutierrez
5th District – Mike Quigley: @RepMikeQuigley
6th District – Peter Roskam: @PeterRoskam
7th District – Danny Davis: NOT ON TWITTER!
8th District – Tammy Duckworth: @RepDuckworth
9th District – Jan Schakowsky: @janschakowsky
10th District – Brad Schneider: @RepSchneider
11th District – Bill Foster: @RepBillFoster
12th District – Bill Enyart: @RepBillEnyart
13th District – Rodney L. Davis @RodneyDavis
14th District – Randy Hultgren: @RandyHultgren
15th District – John Shimkus: @RepShimkus
16th District – Adam Kinzinger: @repkinzinger
17th District – Cheri Bustos: NOT ON TWITTER!
18th District – Aaron Schock: @repaaronschock
Naturally, the jury in the NATO3 case has no reason to buy into Anita Alvarez’s narrative about the threat of terrorism from ordinary citizens and how it justifies a culture of fear and a militarized, all-seeing, secret-driven police state. Which is not to say that they’re not concerned about terrorism.
As the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights prepared to convene a conference on surveillance on October 19, 2014, it was a shock to find that the majority of the Illinois congressional delegation voted AGAINST the Amash Conyers Amendment — the measure to curtail NSA surveillance.
Herewith an Insider’s Guide to the 7 S’s (surveillance,secrecy, and assassinations) in the 2014 Midterms.