LLPH announced our strong support for the Massie-Lofgren NSA Amendment which may be presented either today or tomorrow. Should this amendment receive a recorded vote, we may double score this amendment in our 2014 Congressional Scorecard.
Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) are introducing an amendment to the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill that would keep intelligence agencies from using funds to conduct warrantless and “backdoor” searches of U.S. communications.
The amendment would cut off funding for efforts to build security vulnerabilities, or “backdoors,” into U.S. tech products or services that can be used for surveillance, according to a memo from the lawmakers’ offices.
The provision would also prevent agencies from searching communications to or from people in the U.S. without a warrant, according to the memo.
While the authority for those searches is aimed at collecting foreign communications, information about U.S. persons can be swept up if one party is based in the U.S. or if the communication is processed or stored in another country.
LLPH urges all members to vote YES on the Massie-Lofgren NSA Limitation Amendment. We will likely include this vote in our scorecard.
We should also note that many amendments will be offered to the Defense Appropriations FY 2015. We will try to release alerts, but reserve the right to score any vote. Our policy on defense is to stop nation-building, maintain a strong but reasonable defense level, and ensure that we are using defense money in the wisest and most useful manner.