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Ron Paul's statement on FISA reauthorization

Statement on HR 5949, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

12 September 2012

Mr. Speaker: I rise in strong opposition to the reauthorization of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, as it violates the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution. Supporters of this reauthorization claim that the United States will be more vulnerable if the government is not allowed to monitor citizens without a warrant. I would argue that we are more vulnerable if we do allow the government to monitor Americans without a warrant. Nothing makes us more vulnerable than allowing the Constitution to be violated.

Passage of this reauthorization will allow the government to listen in to our phone calls, read our personal correspondence, and monitor our activities without obtaining a warrant. Permission for surveillance obtained by a secret FISA court can cover broad categories of targets rather than specific individuals, as the Fourth Amendment requires. Americans who communicate with someone who is suspected of being affiliated with a target group can be monitored without a warrant. The only restriction is that Americans on US soil are not to be the primary targets of the surveillance. That is hardly reassuring. US intelligence agencies are not to target Americans on US soil, but as we all know telephone conversations usually take place between two people. If on the other end of the international conversation is an American, his conversation is monitored, recorded, transcribed, and kept for future use.

According to press reports earlier this summer, the Director of National Intelligence admitted to the Senate that "on at least one occasion" US intelligence collection agencies violated the Constitutional prohibitions on unlawful search and seizure. Without possibility for oversight of the process and with the absence of transparency, we will never know just how many Americans have been wiretapped without warrants.

Creating a big brother surveillance state here is no solution to threats that may exist from abroad. I urge my colleagues to reject these FISA amendments and return to the Constitution.

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The House passed their bill 301-118 on September 12.

The Senate will vote on their bill, S. 3276, the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, soon as the law expires at the end of the year.

Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose S. 3276.

Find your Senators' contact info here:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_c...




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You people want Liberty but do nothing about it.

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Contact your Senators

and urge them to oppose S. 3276, the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012.

You can find out more about FISA from ACLU here:
http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/fisa

My letter. Feel free to use.

Credit also goes to BEAR, who wrote the original draft. This is the revised letter that I sent. Feel free to use:

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I urge you to oppose S. 3276 the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012

Civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights are being severely eroded. I will not be voting yea for you if you violate your oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Your oath to defend the Constitution of the United States:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

I urge you to oppose S. 3276 the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012

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