Meeting with Mike Thompson’s Staff

Meeting with Mike Thompson’s Staff

Meeting with Mike Thompson’s Staff

 

Mr. Thompson Background – Represents the 5th District of California (Napa, portions of  Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma  counties) in the US House of Representatives. Member of the House Intelligence Committee since 2007. Brief summary of relevant voting record:

 

Date

Bill

Vote

2001

Patriot Act

Yes

2006

Patriot Act Reauthorization

Nay

2007

Protect America Act

Nay

2008

FISA Amendments Act

Nay

2011

PATRIOT ACT Extension

Nay

2012

FISA Amendments Reauthorization

Yes

2012

CISPA

Yes

2013

Amash Amendment

Nay

Restore the 4th Attendees:

Zaki Manian(Palo Alto)

Gary Scott( San Francisco)

Casey Chartier(Santa Rosa)(RTF Santa Rosa Contact Person)

David Levitt(Santa Rosa)

 

Congressional Staff:

 

Sean Hamlin

Field Rep

sean.hamlin@mail.house.gov

 

Cheryl Deihm

District Representative

cheryl.diehm@mail.house.gov

Summary of Meeting:

Total time: Approx 30 min

Overall tone: Collegiate and positive. There was a bit of friction around David’s desire to record the meeting but it was resolved.

 

All Restore the Fourth members were able to speak.

 

Key points:

 

  • Described RTF and RTF SF

  • Made the following requests of the Congressman:

    • End warrantless bulk surveillance

    • End the “third party” doctrine. Need warrants for any data collection.

    • Regulate the NSA like a normal federal intelligence agency. Not a black budget.

    • Get rationale for mixed voting record on intelligence programs.

  • Questions

    • What is the budget for XkeyScore, PRISM, etc.? How does this relate to Mr. Thompson’s claim of fiscal responsibility?

    • What is appropriate regulation of NSA activity?

  • His Staff mentioned this is a high priority issue for the congressman

 

David provides his observations in the following blog post

http://my.firedoglake.com/davidl/2013/08/22/restore-the-fourth-at-nsa-oversight-rep-mike-thompsons-office/

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