Thursday, February 3, 2011

EFF report on FBI abuse of power prompted me to contact Senator Feinstein

February 3rd, 2011

Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein

Re: Patriot Act (S.193) FBI (ab)use of NSL's has to stop

My name is Paul Armstrong, and I write concerning the above captioned matter which I understand is to be taken up for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.    My intent is simple, a desire to express in the strongest possible terms the need to curtail the abuse of power that has been ongoing with respect to FBI practices, in particular  "National Security Letters" or "NSLs". Please stand firm and insist on meaningful reforms that return oversight to the courts. For background and elaboration of the concerns many citizens have when the government uses its broad surveillance powers under the PATRIOT Act I direct your staff's attention to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) at the following url  The EFF report, "Patterns of Misconduct", documents how the FBI has misused its NSL authority thousands of times over the past decade, highlighting the urgent need for new checks on the government’s PATRIOT powers. I am a supporting member of the EFF, and should your staff make use of the EFF resources they certainly should "due" the right thing and send in a pledge.   

     Thank you very much for your consideration of this matter and most of all thank you for decades of public service and the positive impact your efforts have brought to San Francisco, to the entire State of California, and the United States.    It is an honor and a privilege to proudly identify you as my Senator.

Very Truly Yours,


J. Paul Armstrong
58 s. Sixth St. #3
San Jose, CA 95112