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Amash Amendment to End Blanket Collection of American Records Under the PATRIOT Act by the NSA

Amendment to: H.R. 2397 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014

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Bill Description

This amendment, offered by Rep. Amash (R-MI) and Rep. Conyers (D-MI), would end the statutory authority under Section 215 of the U.S. PATRIOT Act relied upon by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other federal agencies to engage in the blanket collection of records, including telephone call records and internet metadata, that pertain to persons who are not the subject of investigation.

Liberty for All's Position

By prohibiting the NSA from spending any money on this type of surveillance, this amendment would have helped bring to an end the government's unwarranted, unnecessary, and wholly unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans. The government collects the phone records without suspicion of every single American in the United States. This flies in the face of the Fourth Amendment and denies every American their constitutional right to be free from warrantless search and seizure as well as to be provide with due process under the law. Liberty For All is staunchly opposed to the dragnet collection and storage of the personal records Americans. We will continue to fight against the Orwellian police state and the unconstitutional misuse of our laws to advance a growing authoritarian agenda.

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