I was extremely disappointed to learn that U.S. Rep. Visclosky, D-Merrillville, had voted against the amendment to rein in the abuses of the National Security Agency.
The amendment, which would have curtailed the abuses exposed by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, enjoyed rare bipartisan support from both progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans. Unfortunately, Visclosky chose to turn against democratic principles and the rule of law by voting this amendment down.
A recent analysis by Wired magazine helps to explain why: Visclosky received $84,000 in donations from the defense industry, in the top 40 among all members of Congress. Virtually all who received donations at this level voted against the amendment and for continued uncontrolled federal surveillance.
Rep. Visclosky, if you must sell out American democracy to the highest bidder, please at least have the self-respect to set the minimum bid a little higher in the future.
- Samuel Henderson, Gary