Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act - a measure that allows for the NSA to continue its use of a program called Section 702 to spy on foreign targets. However, as written, the bill also allows for the long-held practice of warrantless, unconstitutional surveillance of the communications of everyday Americans. This is unacceptable and must end now.

I have been working with Representative Justin Amash on a critical bipartisan amendment called the USA Rights Act to protect Americans' civil liberties, Fourth Amendment rights, and prevent warrantless searches, and we need your help to make sure our amendment passes with S.139.

The 2008 FISA Amendments, specifically Section 702, have led to massive government exploitation of personal privacy through the collection of American citizens' communications. Section 702 needs serious reform that strikes the necessary balance between keeping the American people safe while protecting our civil rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution. This is exactly what our amendment does.

Under current law, Americans' communications can be collected without a warrant and used for criminal prosecutions totally unrelated to foreign intelligence. Our amendment, which is being voted on tomorrow, will continue to allow the intelligence community to conduct foreign surveillance of non-U.S. targets, without trampling on our constitutionally protected rights.

The USA Rights Act also requires a warrant for any government agency to search data collected under Section 702 relating to Americans, stops warrantless collection, and requires due notice to defendants when Section 702 data is used against them in court.

Our amendment is bipartisan and is supported by the ACLU, FreedomWorks, NAACP, Campaign for Liberty, and more. We have an opportunity to permanently ban these privacy-invading collections from taking place again while protecting our national security. Now is the time to be steadfast in protecting our Constitutional rights, even and especially when their dismissal is used with fear tactics as an excuse to keep us safe. Mahalo for supporting this critical bipartisan amendment today.

Aloha,

Tulsi

Pass the USA Rights Act

The USA Rights Act replaces the language of Section 702 to strike the necessary balance between keeping the American people safe while protecting our civil rights. We must protect our Constitutional rights, especially when their dismissal is used with fear tactics as an excuse to keep us safe. Add your name to urge Congress to pass the USA Rights Act as part of S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act.