PRISM: Write to your MP
8th June 2013 19:25 | by BlogEditor
If like us, you oppose mass surveillance, we would encourage you to write to your MP to make your position clear and ask them to act.
The letter below is an outline that you should customise so that it reflects what you believe. You can find out who your MP is here and if you do send your letter or an email, please let us know by dropping us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that MPs receive a lot of mail so keep it succinct. To get a result, be polite. Don't be afraid to make a follow up phone call, you will almost certainly get to speak to one of their staff- but every little piece of pressure will help.
House of Commons,
I am concerned about the revelations that the Government may have been complicit in the US PRISM surveillance programme.
This programme is an in-depth surveillance effort giving access to communications data and other stored information. The data reportedly available to US intelligence agencies and their partners includes email, chat, video, photos, file transfers, social networking details and more.
I believe the UK's involvement in these intelligence gathering operations may not have the appropriate oversight, and that UK intelligence agencies may be working with foreign partners to gain capabilities that have not been approved in the UK.
I am aware that after the 2010 General election, the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats formalised their opposition to excessive and intrusive surveillance in the coalition agreement. These include a commitment to "end the storage of internet and email records without good reason" and a pledge to "restore the rights of individuals in the face of encroaching state power, in keeping with Britain’s tradition of freedom and fairness". I believe that these commitments, as well as our obligations to Human Rights are incompatible with UK involvement in PRISM.
I hope that you support my desire to see the rolling back of the surveillance state and a firm commitment to civil liberties by our Government.
I urge you to ask the Government to establish a full Independent Public Inquiry into these matters and to clarify its position on mass domestic surveillance.
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