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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

At Forum, Swalwell Says He ‘Stood for Privacy Rights,’ Record Says Otherwise

Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell
CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell said at a candidate’s forum Tuesday night in Castro Valley he voted against government intrusion into the digital records of Americans, but the assertion is false.

When the question of upholding certain privacy rights was posed, Swalwell said he voted on just one such bill since becoming a member of Congress last year.

“We cannot, must not, sacrifice our privacy in favor of security,” he said. “There is one vote on the N.S.A. that was taken in Congress and that was to defund its phone collection program and I voted against funding that program. I stood for the rights of privacy.” He added, “No law-abiding American should have their data blanketly collected.”

Swalwell is referring to his vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) last July. Although, Swalwell voted for the amendment hoping to block the N.S.A.’s plans, it ultimately failed. However, this was not the only vote he took as a member of Congress pertaining to government infringement of privacy rights revealed last spring by Edward Snowden.

His challenger this June, State Majority Leader Ellen Corbett questioned the assertion, although vaguely. “I want to say there have been some votes in Congress very recently when all members of the Bay Area delegation voted against a bill that would have allowed for looking at people’s private records without subpoenas and I’m actually very concerned about that.”

In April 2013, Swalwell was the only member of the Bay Area Democratic Caucus to vote for legislation called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allowing the government to access users’ online activity, including social media sites and personal email without their knowledge. The bill was intended to help the government in the event of a national cyber attack, but privacy advocates said it lack protections for misuse. Although CISPA passed the House with Swalwell's help, it was never offered in the U.S. Senate.

During an era when more Americans, regardless of their ideological beliefs, are deeply concerned over the government’s spying on ordinary citizens, Swalwell’s uneven record on the issue is an enormous target for his challengers this June and the November general election.

In the past, Swalwell, also a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, has struggled to connect the dots between his vote for CISPA, allowing the types of warrantless government intrusion described by Snowden and his subsequent reversal months later as a defender of digital privacy.

On Tuesday night, he pretended the first vote never happened.

7 comments :

Just another lie by our duplicitous Congressman and another reason he will lose to the more truthful and sincere Ellen Corbett. He has no shame and thinks he can fool all the people, all the time. One and done!

It's not the first, nor last time Swalwell will lie. Tavares just caught him again. Thank you EBCitizen.

Ellen Corbett will come in first in the primary with well over 40% of the vote. With a credible Republican in the race your candidate will be lucky to come in second. If the Republican can get in the high twenties your candidate could easily come in third.

Then what good will all that big business and corporate money do him. It will be good for the economy though. Voters in our district don't reward people who try and buy the election. They also don't reward candidates who flip flop on issue after issue.

Senator, soon to be Congresswoman Ellen Corbett is the breath of fresh air. I'm tired of Swalwell's lies.

I will take the under on senator Corbett getting 40%. Name the wager!

One more lie and/or flip-flop by Swalwell and Ellen Corbett might get 41%. Her percentage will keep going up with every lie our congressman tells. We should call him Pinocchio.

Steven,
In all your spare time, you should set up an east bay political futures exchange. Where people can actually put their money where their mouths are. Charge a commission to fund The Citizen!

Swalwell's lies when he ran against Stark were never reported in the press and most of us overlooked them because we didn't like Stark, including me. This is a different race against Ellen Corbett who is a well liked, experienced, capable and trusted woman. My wife and I voted for Eric last time but this time will vote for Ellen. His lies have caught up with our Congressman. We can't stand someone who says one thing and does another.

Well we know one troll/staffer is for Swalwell, but most of the rest of us will vote for Ellen Corbett who is a more accomplished legislator. Quit trying to change the subject.

Swalwell's lies when he ran against Stark were never reported in the mainstream press(except for the Citizen) and most of us overlooked them because we didn't like Stark, including me. This is a different race against Ellen Corbett who is a well liked, experienced, capable and trusted woman. My wife and I voted for Eric last time but this time will vote for Ellen. His lies have caught up with our Congressman. We can't stand someone who says one thing and does another on so many different occasions.

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