Congressional Coalition Formed to Fight Rising Government Surveillance

Congressional Coalition Formed to Fight Rising Government Surveillance

The USA Today has reported that a group of congressmen from both sides of the aisle have joined to form the Fourth Amendment Caucus. This group is comprised of 13 Republicans and 12 Democrats with a focus on the need to address 4th Amendment concerns related to government spying.

Privacy rights are one of the rare issues that liberals and libertarian-leaning conservatives in Congress have agreed on. Members of the new coalition oppose legislation that would force U.S. tech companies to build “backdoors” into encrypted smartphones or allow federal agents to view someone’s Internet browsing history without a warrant.

“In the face of difficult circumstances, some are quick to pursue extreme, unconstitutional measures; the Fourth Amendment Caucus will be a moderating influence that gives voice to countless Americans whose rights are violated by these ill-conceived policies,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich), who joined the group led by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Ted Poe (R-Texas).

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/13/new-house-coalition-fights-rise-government-surveillance/87038428/

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