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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."
Honoring Professor William Gordon Mclain Iii September 19, 2013
Alcee Hastings, D-FL
"Many others are indebted to Will for his passion to serve the disadvantaged and powerless in society. He worked tirelessly—often without compensation or recognition—on behalf of death row inmates and other criminal defendants who faced trumped up charges or other government abuses. He deplored racism and homophobia and provided legal counsel to those who were victimized by discrimination. Will was also a staunch advocate for the freedom of the press. Together with his lifelong friend and colleague, Professor Tom Mack, Will successfully represented a journalist against the threat of compelled disclosure of a source. Most recently, he also associated with his former law student, and then soon to be son-in-law, Stephen Mercer, head of the Maryland Public Defender’s forensics unit, to devise challenges to state and federal practices that allowed the warrantless collection of DNA of persons who are not convicted of a crime."
Executive Session July 29, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"Mr. Comey has a long record of service to the Department of Justice. Colleagues doubtless are familiar with Mr. Comey’s role in the infamous scene at the side of Attorney General Ashcroft’s hospital bed over the reauthorization of part of President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. Mr. Comey, to his great credit, stood firm for the rule of law and for the Department he served."

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