In response to the revelations that the U.S. military, through its National Security Agency, has been using the Internet and cellular telephone system to spy against hundreds of millions of Americans on a daily basis, through PRISM and similar programs, U.S. Representative Alan Grayson has introduced what he calls the Mind Your Own Business Act. It’s actually an amendment to the defense appropriation bill, H.R. 1960.
As congressional legislation goes, it is direct and easy to understand. Grayson’s amendment reads:
“None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2014 or any succeeding fiscal year may be used to collect any information generated by a citizen of the United States while located in the United States, including telephone records, internet records, and physical location information, without probable cause of a terrorism or other criminal offense related to action or conduct by that citizen.”
According to Grayson, the House Rules Committee will decide this afternoon whether the amendment can go forward for a vote by the full House of Representatives later this week.