SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Campaign for Liberty President John Tate released the following statement regarding Thursday night’s overwhelming vote to pass the Massie-Lofgren amendment to H.R. 4870, the 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The amendment, which passed 293-123, prohibits the National Security Agency from conducting warrantless searches of Americans’ electronic communications and denies funding for NSA and CIA efforts to install so-called “backdoors” into products to aid in surveillance.
“I’m pleased and encouraged to see an overwhelming number of representatives in the U.S. House respond to grassroots Americans by taking strong action to rein in the National Security Agency,” said Tate.
“Last summer’s revelations of the lengths to which the NSA has gone to shred the Constitution only further confirmed suspicions liberty-minded Americans had long held about the growing national security state. Leaders such as Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul sounded the alarm before, during, and after the debate over the so-called “Patriot” Act as to where trading liberty for what the government calls safety would take our nation, and time has proven them to be exactly right.
“I want to thank Congressman Thomas Massie for his leadership on this issue, and I especially want to thank Campaign for Liberty members for turning up the pressure on the House to support the Massie-Lofgren amendment. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s June 10 primary defeat sent the establishment a major message, and the grassroots just sent them another one with Thursday’s victory.
“I urge the U.S. Senate to defend the American people and support the Fourth Amendment by passing the Massie-Lofgren language, and you can be sure senators will be hearing from Campaign for Liberty members until they do.”
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