LaMalfa votes for warrant requirements in surveillance — opposes current spying reauthorization without protections for Americans

Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted to require the federal government to obtain a warrant to review any records of Americans that are collected or for sale by third parties.

The amendment failed after a tie vote of 212-212. Without a warrant requirement for accessing any American’s record, Congressman LaMalfa opposed reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“The domestic abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been well documented,” LaMalfa said. “There have been more than 278,000 warrantless searches of Americans’ intercepted communications by the FBI. This process has been abused to spy on countless Americans for both political, personal and criminal reasons. Our Constitution provides bedrock protections against illegal searches, and this program cannot simply be extended with a promise to ‘be better’ and a ‘trust us’ attitude. The corrupt nature of previous abuse and the non-punishment of those who did the abuse cannot be tolerated. I will not reauthorize a program that results in the illegal spying on Americans.”