Roy G. Callahan, USN, Ret.

1529 NW 143rd Street Gainesville, Florida 32606 Tel: (352) 332-9144 Fax: (352) 332-9144

Representative Ted Yoho 511 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representative Yoho. In a recent newsletter, you said: We learned more about the egregious and frightening abuses by the National Security Agency in their collection and retention of private data over the years. I believe we can all agree that blanket surveillance authority to collect data on American citizens is wrong. These actions fly in the face of the very freedom our country was founded upon. Our rights are not negotiable, and our Constitution should (must) not be treated as optional. We need to reform our laws to ensure that we are keeping our country safe as well as providing the oversight needed to prevent the abuses we have seen. I am a proud cosponsor of the LIBERT-E Act, legislation that limits the Patriot Act's collection authority and requires the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court's opinions to be more transparent. I supported the Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and I take that oath very seriously. How can we, as the law-making body, enact just laws if their interpretation is a secret? How can we ensure that the Constitution is being upheld? Secret laws are the enemy of liberty. I will continue to support legislation that ends this broad authority. Our liberty is too important to be political. I agree with everything you said. I also believe it is time to add more teeth into your words. On May 23, 2013, Senator Rand Paul introduced S-1037 Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act of 2013. His bill prohibits the federal government or a state or local government from obtaining or seeking to obtain information relating to an individual or group of individuals held by a third party in a system of records, except as authorized by this Act. Deems information obtained otherwise to be inadmissible in a criminal prosecution in a court of law. Senator Paul’s bill also permits the government to obtain, and a court to admit, information relating to an individual held by a third party in a system of records if: (1) the individual whose name or identification information the government is using to access the information provides express and informed consent to the search; or

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(2) The government obtains a warrant, upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized. The Library of Congress (Thomas) reveals Senator Paul’s bill has yet to garner any co-sponsors. However, should things change, his bill requires a companion bill from the house to become law. Therefore, I will appreciate your authoring the bill that fulfills this requirement. Yours in the Bill of Rights,

Roy G. Callahan Member, Florida Oath Keepers and John Birch Society Copy to: State Representative Keith Perry, State Senator Rob Bradley et al. Fax copy to Federal Florida House Members

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