A new bill currently with the House of Representatives will permanently forbid the US government from illegally collecting and searching Americans’ private emails. The two House Representative that presented this bill are Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) – both members of the Fourth Amendment Caucus and co-chairs of the Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus. The Fourth Amendment Caucus has previously defeated an attempt in the House to extend the Patriot Act.
Last month, the NSA announced that they were ending some portions of their mass email surveillance programme which had “inadvertently” been siphoning up Americans private emails, which should have constitutional protections. When the NSA announced that they were ending the “about” email surveillance, the news was met with understandable skepticism. Neema Singh Guliani, a legislative counsel at the ACLU, told TechCrunch in a statement:
“The announcement today underscores the need for Congress to significantly reform Section 702. While the NSA’s policy change will curb some of the most egregious abuses under the statute, it is at best a partial fix. Congress should take steps to ensure such practices are never resurrected, and also end policies that permit broad, warrantless collection of Americans’ communications.”
This new email privacy bill seeks to do exactly that: codify that action and make the fix permanent. It’s also important to note that this bill wouldn’t be able to stop the current NSA mass surveillance practices that cover email, which are still considered “warranted” by the US government, at least for now. We need to end warrantless collection of American communications – fast and permanently.
House Representatives call for an end to unconstitutional NSA email surveillance
The bill, introduced on May 22nd, is America’s reaction to years of unwarranted and unconstitutional spying on the American people. You can watch a video