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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions February 4, 2015
Mike Lee, R-UT
"The Lee-Leahy ECPA Amendments Act of 2015 would prohibit electronic communications or remote computing service providers—such as Gmail or Facebook or Twitter, for example—from voluntarily disclosing the contents of customer emails or other communications. It eliminates the ambiguous and outdated 180-day rule that some government agencies believe grants them warrantless access to the content of older emails. That is any emails older than the very young age of 180 days old. Instead, all requests for the content of electronic communications would require a search warrant—a search warrant required by the Fourth Amendment, a search warrant based on probable cause—and law enforcement agencies would be required to notify within 10 days any persons whose email accounts were searched, subject to some logical and narrow exceptions, of course."
Removing United States Armed Forces From Iraq July 25, 2014
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"Let me remind you, it was this absence of full debate that led to Congress passing the overly broad 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force in the wake of 9/11. This law has been used to justify everything from the war in Afghanistan, warrantless domestic and international surveillance, holding prisoners indefinitely in Guantanamo, and conducting drone strikes in countries that we are not at war with."
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 June 23, 2014
Rush Holt, D-NJ
"First, the amendment would prohibit any warrantless search of the so-called “702 databases”—the massive government databases, created by the NSA and first disclosed by Edward Snowden, that contain records of the emails and phone calls of millions of innocent U.S. citizens."
Nomination Of Jeh Charles Johnson To Be Secretary Of Homeland Security December 16, 2013
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"I also discussed with Mr. Johnson my concerns related to the treatment of Americans returning to the United States, in particular the practice of CBP officials conducting warrantless searches of Americans’ persons and belongings, including conducting forensic searches of electronic devices. These searches within the border zone are not subject to the usual protections provided by the Fourth Amendment to Americans. Recent CBP activities have raised serious questions about whether Federal officials are circumventing the protections of the Fourth Amendment by conducting opportunistic searches on individuals when those officials know they will be reentering the United States. As I wrote in a letter to the current acting secretary, such authority must be used with great restraint. I look forward to continuing my discussions about these important issues with Mr. Johnson."
Surveillance Reform November 20, 2013
Mark Udall, D-CO
"Senator Wyden and I are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. We have argued for years that the government’s domestic surveillance authorities need to be narrowed, and we are going to keep leading this fight in the days, weeks, and months to come. As part of this ongoing effort, we recently introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation that would end the NSA’s selection of millions of innocent Americans’ private phone records, shield Americans from warrantless searches of their communications, and install a constitutional advocate at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

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