• FINALLY! Stop Spying On Us Without A Warrant! Lawmakers Rand Paul And Ron Wyden Bring Down The Hammer

    Finally, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have reached across the proverbial aisle to do something good for America.

    On Tuesday, they introduced a bill to impose tough limits on the intelligence community’s ability to spy on foreign targets, which has been twisted to watch millions of Americans. Americans need more protection from the prying eyes of our own government. This bill a great step in that direction.

    Did you know that currently the US Government has the legal right to conduct an unlimited number of warrantless searches on American citizens? That means they can search you and it’s well within their rights.

    By powers granted in section 702 of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) known as the FISA Act, the government has the power to force companies to provide warrantless access to your private emails, cell phone calls, and virtually any communication. FISA expires on December 31st, 2017. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have seized this opportunity and drafted legislation to dial back the surveillance operations that are collecting Americans private information in mass.

    The 4th Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to privacy. That privacy has been lost for the last few years. The Wyden-Paul bill strikes the proper balance between security and privacy in a way that will remove the overbroad powers of the federal government to collect and use data without issuing a warrant based on probable cause.

    The 4th Amendment of Constitution 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.

    Americans have not been secure in the persons, houses, papers, and effects for years now. An unrestrained government is searching and seizing whatever it wants at will. It’s time for that to stop.

    According a piece in the Washington Post, Rand Paul commented on the legislation at hand:

    “Congress must not continue to allow our constitutional standard of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ to be twisted into ‘If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,’” said Mr. Paul. “The American people deserve better from their own government than to have their Internet activity swept up in warrantless, unlimited searches that ignore the Fourth Amendment.”

    The Wyden-Paul bill will reform many parts of FISA, but ending “Back Door Searches” is huge.

    The bill will require all government agencies to actually get a search warrant to search your private communications. Those warrants will need to be specific in scope. No more  wide nets to be used for unknown ends. The method called “reverse targeting” must end. It was a technique used to collect information on virtually any American by targeting a foreign person as the pretext. The legislation would require probable cause and a direct linkage to an American before the government would be granted surveillance permission.

    This one piece of the bill makes it worthwhile. The 4th Amendment was meant to protect us from illegal search and seizure, maybe it will once again.

    The bill goes on to prevent federal officials from misusing data collected in the name of national security. The data collected in the future could only be used in cases of espionage and terrorism. It would stop the method that scoops up tons of data and then looks for crimes that could be totally unrelated to espionage or terrorism.

    You must be suspected of a crime before you are spied upon. To be legally surveilled there must be causation and a warrant.

    The bill also strengthens oversight powers in a few critical ways. It allows the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to actually review all foreign intelligence surveillance programs, even those not related to terrorism. Currently, bureaucrats have free rein to trample upon the 4th Amendment rights of most any citizen at any time.

    The FISA court system also gets a much needed face lift with this legislation. The FISA court was designed to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens in relation to the abuses of data collection not related to national security. It never actually did that. To date no plaintiff has been granted a “standing” to challenge the authorities or test the courts against abuse. No citizen would dare to challenge the government in court.

    The Wyden-Paul bill will change that and provide more transparency to the entire system.

    This is the bill that privacy and freedom loving Americans have waited a long time to see. Finally, it’s here and needs our support.

    The idea that the consent of the governed is important to a democratic form of government is paramount to our freedom. Our government is currently spying upon untold numbers of Americans without getting consent from anyone.

    This bi-partisan bill is be a breath of fresh air for freedom and the privacy rights of all Americans.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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