Lewis defends your right to privacy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after the House reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) Section 702, which authorizes sweeping wiretapping:
“Innocent, law-abiding American citizens are entitled to- and should demand- their full rights and protections under the Constitution.
“I voted for much-needed reforms to FISA today; but unfortunately, despite the much-publicized civil liberties abuses such as warrantless wiretapping that we’ve seen in the news, these reforms did not command the support of a majority in the House. I could not in good conscience support the threats to privacy posed by a blanket extension of Section 702’s surveillance without meaningful reforms.
“National security is a vital responsibility of our government- but if the government doesn’t respect our basic civil liberties, we risk becoming a police state. In other words, we have to balance security with freedom. My first oath was to the Constitution, and our first freedoms are what make this country great. We have to protect them in order to protect the America we know and love.”