Boozman to Obama: Stop it NOW!
Hat tip: ARRA News Service
Representative John Boozman, Arkansas’ only Republican lawmaker released the following statement yesterday.
Boozman Statement on White House Internet Monitoring
Washington, Aug 7 –
U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement regarding White House Internet Monitoring efforts:
“The Obama Administration has requested that e-mails and internet materials produced by private citizens that are critical of the President’s policies be reported to an e-mail address at the White House.
The White House website states: “If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
American citizens should be free to criticize the policies of the President or any other elected official, including me, without fearing that the criticism will be policed and monitored by the government.
The First Amendment specifically protects speech, and our Constitutional rights must be protected when we use the internet.
I call on President Obama to disable this e-mail address and I ask that he stop soliciting this kind of surveillance on private citizens.”
No such press release was issued by Arkansas’ three Democratic Representatives or two Democratic Senators. I guess Marion Berry, Vic Snyder, Mike Ross, Blanche Lincoln, and Mark Pryor have no problem with our President soliciting American citizens to spy on their neighbors and inform government officials of any dissent to official White House policy.