GUEST OPINION: Local lawmakers should oppose NSA spying on Americans

Revelations about the Obama administration's secret surveillance of American citizens are causing widespread alarm.

While some members of Congress from Northern California have publicly addressed the matter, the two from our area have so far failed to speak up after news broke about the spying by the National Security Agency. Why so much silence from Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Santa Rosa, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants us to believe that the NSA's snooping on our telephone records is no big deal because it's "metadata." Yet in this era of supercomputers, such information is highly intrusive.

Despite the Fourth Amendment, a dragnet is pulling in huge quantities of personal information without anything near "probable cause."

Make no mistake about it: The government is compiling vast data on the phone calls placed and received by everyone in the United States — you, me, my mother, your grandmother, your daughter's fianc?.

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