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December 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Congressional members need to fight the self-serving practices of the NSA

Both parties need to join and support the USA FREEDOM Act

Thank you for the Editorial, “Cut down big brother” [Opinion, Dec. 17].

Even the intelligence-connected independent White House panel favors controls on NSA surveillance.

Shame on those who would join Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., to codify the limitless, secretive and self-serving practices of the NSA.

Everyone in Washington state’s delegation to Washington, D.C., must be held accountable for their support — or nonsupport — for the USA FREEDOM Act, the bipartisan House and Senate bills to dial back the NSA’s overreach. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, has joined Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, and Rick Larsen, D-Everett, to be a co-sponsor.

To her credit, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, supported the earlier Amash amendment, which would have passed if all of Washington’s delegation were behind it.

The USA FREEDOM Act has broad support from both parties.

But where are Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray? Where are our other representatives?

— Lex Umland, Lake City

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