Fourth Amendment

Millions of data sheets spit out of the printer inside a thick-walled, secure facility. Across the top are Americans’ names, a list of phone numbers dialed, the time and date called, and the frequency in which they called or...
I released the following statement in support of a measure to reauthorize the FISA program for six years: 
It reads like a page out of George Orwell’s ‘‘1984:’’ spies, secret courts, and searches of Americans without a warrant. It is clear: Big Brother is watching us. 
U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and I recently announced our bipartisan push to amend and improve the USA Liberty Act, to ensure that the bill adequately reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program:
When the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, they provided American citizens with protections for individual liberties including free speech, the right to bear arms, and more. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans...
The Obama administration has begun working with the National Security Agency (NSA) to write new rules regarding data sharing with other domestic law enforcement organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the...
With the holidays behind us and the second session of the 114th Congress in full swing, the New Year is a good chance to look back at the legislative accomplishments from last year. Too often, the media covers the bickering...
In an era of constant political gamesmanship and gridlock, getting things done in Congress is never easy. That was never clearer than the last Congress’ failure to pass long overdue reforms to an antiquated that today...
It’s a Friday. A citizen wakes up, writes emails and makes a phone call.The person has a meeting soon, so he pulls up Google Maps to figure out a route.He then hops into a cab, checks Facebook on his phone, texts his friend...
“The administration puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. No more illegal wiretapping of citizens, no more ignoring the law when it is convenient – that is not who we are....
I authored the following Op-Ed on CNN.com highlighting the critical need to pass the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act when the Senate votes later today:
Wednesday, I released the following statement regarding the USA Rights Act, which was offered as an amendment to S. 139 – the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.
The House Intelligence Committee’s decision to move on their own version of FISA legislation without adequate Constitutional protections for Americans is disturbing and creates a dangerous playing field for the future of 702...
Governments, militaries, and civilizations sometimes ignore history to justify their actions against individuals. A bit of history is important here.When the British controlled the Colonies, they heavily taxed the Colonies....
Wednesday I issued the follow statement on the passage of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act out of the House Judiciary Committee. The Email Privacy Act reforms the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) law of...
California federal judge’s decision to mandate that Apple create new technology to give the FBI backdoor access to iPhones.
The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into Lois Lerner and her band of bungling bureaucrats at the IRS. Choosing political expediency, it won't prosecute the actors.
The NSA is out of control. It seizes massive amounts of data on Americans without their consent, without their knowledge. This action violates the Fourth Amendment and the PATRIOT Act.The USA Freedom Act is supposed to halt...
The innovativeness of American enterprise flies off the radar.According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the company is fixing to deliver packages to its customers via drones. It is called “Amazon Prime Air.”That’s right. In just a...
In light of the continuously-developing NSA spying story, it’s important to look at how substantial the government’s legal justification is for its overreaching, 4th Amendment infringing, domestic surveillance policy, and...

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