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Senators: Protect our online privacy with the Amash amendment to the Foreign Online Surveillance Act

January 13, 2018

Final Vote Due 1/17


The Amash amendment has failed, and the House has passed S.139 in a 256-164 vote, reauthorizing backdoor searches for 6 years. It now moves to the Senate for a final vote on Wednesday, January 17th.

The House is about to vote on whether to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the powerful surveillance authority that results in the NSA’s collection of countless Americans’ emails, chat logs, and browsing history. Government agents read through those electronic communications collected under Section 702—even when they belong to U.S. persons—without first obtaining a warrant. These are called “backdoor” searches because they skirt our Fourth Amendment warrant requirements.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the House will vote on S. 139, a bill containing the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act that extends NSA surveillance for six years and leaves the backdoor search loophole open for abuse by government agents. But one powerful amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) would gut the deeply flawed FISA portion of S. 139 and replace it with a good bill—the USA Rights Act. If passed, the amendment would help close the backdoor search loophole by requiring warrants for searches of Section 702-collected data that belongs to Americans, codify the end of “about” collection (an invasive type of surveillance that was heavily criticized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for privacy violations), and sunset in four years, giving Congress another chance to revisit and debate NSA surveillance in the future.

Tell Congress to protect our Fourth Amendment rights from excessively broad NSA surveillance and reject the upcoming NSA surveillance extension bill S. 139.

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation


Your script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Wisconsin.

I'm calling to ask that Senator Ron Johnson oppose S. 139 with the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, unless the Amash amendment passes. Extending Section 702 without necessary reform will continue the invasion of our privacy and violation of our 4th Amendment rights.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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