FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 10, 2018
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators, including U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), for a press conference in support of the USA Rights Act amendment to reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights.
In October 2017, Sens. Paul and Wyden introduced the USA Rights Act in the Senate to end warrantless backdoor searches of Americans’ calls, emails, texts, and other communications that are routinely swept up under a program designed to spy on foreign targets. Representative Amash is sponsoring the amendment in the U.S. House.
“We need more oversight of the intelligence community, not less,” Dr. Paul stated at the event, later adding, “We need to make sure, because men are not angels, that there are rules.”
“This is a bedrock principle of our country – it’s what brings Republicans and Democrats together – is that the Bill of Rights requires that information be gathered under the Fourth Amendment with probable cause. Naming the person. Naming the papers. So we want the Constitution to apply to Americans,” Dr. Paul also noted.