Sunday, February 22, 2015

Have you ever made a phone call, sent an email, or, you know, used the internet?

Have you ever made a phone call, sent an email, or, you know, used the internet? Of course you have!
Chances are, at some point over the past decade, your communications were swept up by the U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance program and passed onto Britain's intelligence agency GCHQ. A recent court ruling found that this sharing was unlawful but no one could find out if their records were collected and then illegally shared between these two agencies… until now!
Because of our recent victory against the UK intelligence agency in court, now anyone in the world — yes, ANYONE, including you — can find out if GCHQ illegally received information about you from the NSA.
Join our campaign by entering your details below to find out if GCHQ illegally spied on you, and confirm via the email we send you. We'll then go to court demanding that they finally come clean on unlawful surveillance.

Friday, February 13, 2015

My New House Rep Tammy Duckworth Responds To My Letter About Netanyahu

February 10, 2015
Dear Mr. Rosen,

Thank you for contacting me about Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress. I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your concerns on this matter. 
Israel is one of our strongest allies and our greatest partner in the Middle East. Our two nations share an unbreakable bond and friendship built on our common values and mutual economic and security interests. I have repeatedly supported efforts to strengthen our relationship and ensure Israel's safety by voting to fully fund Israel's missile defense system, Iron Dome and supporting legislation to further strengthen sanctions against Iran. I have followed the nuclear negotiations carefully and on several occasions have sent letters to both Secretary Kerry and President Obama expressing concern about the potential for a nuclear armed Iran, their lack of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and their failure to release information and meet negotiating deadlines. I am very concerned, however, about the recent developments surrounding Speaker Boehner's invitation for Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress.
As you know, Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken to Congress twice before. These previous invitations were in coordination with the White House and represented strong, unified support of Israel from our government. In fact, I was one of nearly 100 Members of Congress who wrote a bi-partisan letter to House Leadership last year urging them to extend an invitation for Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during his visit to Washington. However, this invitation by Speaker Boehner was made without the Administration's knowledge. Circumventing the Executive Branch in dealing with a foreign head of state in this way is a significant breach of U.S. protocol, and it undermines our foreign policy objectives on a sensitive issue at a critical time. Unfortunately, these actions not only reflect poorly on our government on the international stage, but also have the potential to harm U.S. – Israeli relations; and this relationship is too important to place in the middle of a politically motivated disagreement.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. If you would like more information on my work in Congress, please visit my website. You can find upcoming events in the district, sign up for my newsletter, access my voting record and see what I am doing to address today's most important issues. I hope that you will continue to share your views and opinions with me and let me know whenever I may be of assistance to you.
The Honorable Tammy DuckworthMember of Congress
Illinois' 8th District

My New Senator From Illinois Responds To My Letter

January 26, 2015
Mr. William Rosen
Lombard, IL 60148-1176
Dear Mr. Rosen:
Thank you for contacting me about the protection of gray wolf populations in the United States. I appreciate hearing from you.
The Endangered Species Act of 1966 (ESA) has played an important role in the preservation of many species threatened with extinction. The gray wolf was one of the first species listed under the Act’s provisions. Beginning in 1995, an experimental population of gray wolves was reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and in parts of Idaho. The decision to reintroduce the formerly native wolves was fraught with controversy, and the wolves’ release and protected status sparked several lawsuits. The reintroduced gray wolves have thrived in the region, but as the population grows, these animals have come into increasing conflict with livestock operations.
Over the years, the U.S. Department of Interior has drawn criticism from both environmental groups and animal rights organizations for its management of gray wolf populations.
After three decades of successful management undertaken by federal, state, and local partners the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing public comments received during the public comment period which ended on March 27, 2014, before it releases a decision on removing the gray wolf from ESA protection.
I share your view regarding the importance of protecting endangered species and understand your concerns. I will keep your thoughts in mind if this issue is discussed in the Senate.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Roy Blunt Is An Asshole: Vol 9764

What a motherfucker. So glad he is not my senator anymore. I really despise him.

Dear William,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

As you know, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is primarily responsible for the management of the endangered species list.  In the past few years the species has sufficiently recovered in certain regions, therefore FWS has sought to delist the gray wolf in those areas.  When a species is delisted, its management falls to state wildlife agencies who, along with the FWS, continue to monitor population recovery.  

Recent court challenges calling into question FWS's decisions to delist certain gray wolf populations have led the DC District Court to direct the relisting of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region.  While many applaud this decision, others are concerned that unintended consequences such a rise in illegal poaching will occur as populations continue to increase. 

Wildlife conservation is important, but private property rights and the impact to local economies must be studied as conservation policies are considered.  Many agree that the Endangered Species Act is an outdated and overly broad law in need of common sense reforms.  

All too often, unreasonable burdens and restrictions saddle private landowners, businesses, and communities.  Even worse, many times these listings are made with questionable scientific justification.  I support science-based conservation efforts that don't create a mountain of new burdens.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook ( and Twitter ( about the important issues facing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website ( to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,

Roy Blunt
United States Senator