Sen. Rand Paul wants to make sure they can’t hear you now.
The Kentucky Republican plans on reintroducing his Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, which would extend the guarantees of the amendment to electronic communications as well as requiring judges to issue specific warrants to get the information. The bill was originally introduced last month, but the senator believes it’s even more relevant now that the government admitted to seizing the records of Verizon customers for years to root out potential terrorist plots.
“The revelation that the NSA has secretly seized the call records of millions of Americans, without probable cause, represents an outrageous abuse of power and a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. I have long argued that Congress must do more to restrict the Executive’s expansive law enforcement powers to seize private records of law-abiding Americans that are held by a third-party,” Paul said in a press release, noting that his bill will help prevent similar invasions of privacy in the future.
“The bill restores our Constitutional rights and declares that the Fourth Amendment shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause,” he added.
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