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Contact Tracing: Strict Guidelines Are Needed to Prevent a Civil Liberties Nightmare

As both the federal and states’ governments wrestle with what policies to use in addressing the coronavirus outbreak moving into the summer and beyond, one potential solution that has been touted as a key component of getting life here back to something like normal is “contact tracing.” In particular, governments and tech companies alike have become interested in digital solutions to track the spread of the virus in order to better contain it. However, depending upon how it is done, there are a number of concerns with how contact tracing - whether done in person or digitally - interacts with our basic rights to due process and civil liberties.

05/08/2020
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Public Health and Economic Health Need Not Be Mutually Exclusive

If DC traffic levels are any indication, it seems that a lot more people are taking the spread of the coronavirus seriously, which is undoubtedly good. In the media and online, though, the debate rages on whether the overall government response to the virus has been dangerously insufficient or unjustifiably draconian. The opposite poles of public opinion seem to range between demanding a complete, absolute national shelter-in-place shutdown for potentially months and a blasé, “virus? what virus?” approach that equally beggars the imagination.

03/27/2020
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The PATRIOT Act, Coronavirus, and the Politics of Fear

This week Congress has tackled two important issues that may not seem related at first: reauthorizing an expiring portion of the USA PATRIOT Act and legislating for those affected by COVID-19. But there is one common thread between them - each will have had their passage through the legislature amply lubricated by a potent dose of fear. Decisions made hastily under such pressure are often nigh impossible to reverse after the fact.

03/18/2020
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on Cloture Motion for the Motion to Proceed to the USA FREEDOM Act Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

FreedomWorks sent the following correspondence to Senate offices this morning.

03/16/2020
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"We All Stand Vulnerable": Mike Lee Champions Real Reform to the Federal Government's FISA Spying Power

Three provisions of the Foreign International Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire on Sunday. The expiration of these provisions isn’t a surprise, but Congress has treated it as such because of its proclivity for governing by crisis. Another issue that has reverberated in the debate over the reauthorization of these provisions is the attempt by congressional leadership to shut out the voices of privacy hawks in Congress.

03/13/2020
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Deliberate Assaults on Our Constitution and We the People

John Solomon in Just the News and Sara Carter in SaraACarter.com have independently concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) knew that there was no improper collusion between Trump or his aides with Russia. Through extensive requests for documents created by the FBI and DOJ it is virtually certain that these organizations knew there was no collusion shortly after Trump’s inauguration in early 2017. Thus, all the congressional investigations and the Mueller investigation were most likely attempts by government agents and their political allies to cover-up wrongful spying and unmasking for political advantages in the 2016 election. This is one of the worst deliberate assaults on our Constitution and We the People in American history.

03/13/2020
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, H.R. 6172. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), this bill would reauthorize expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and the “lone wolf” and “roving wiretap” authorities. 

03/11/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Condemns Rep. Adam Schiff’s Decision to Urge Rep. Nadler to Cancel House Judiciary Hearing on FISA Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s, decision to cancel its hearing today on FISA reform at the behest of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

02/26/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Introduction of Surveillance Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the introduction of the “Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act,” a bill that if enacted would institute sweeping reforms to the unconstitutional “USA PATRIOT Act,” which is set to expire March 15, 2020, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

01/29/2020
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Support the Securing Americans' Private Records Act, H.R. 5675 and S. 3242

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and senators and ask them to support and cosponsor the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, H.R. 5675 and S. 3242. Introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and in the House by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), this legislation would reform Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and other aspects of surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to protect Americans’ civil liberties and rights to due process and to increase transparency and oversight.

01/29/2020

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