Dear Senator Sullivan: Co-Sponsor the GSRA
Today, the Government Surveillance Reform Act of 2023 (GSRA) was launched. It's a once-in-a-generation, bipartisan bill that systemically limits government surveillance. We need you to write to your senator, Dan Sullivan, and ask him to cosponsor it.
The GSRA is the best answer to the upcoming expiration of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), an intrusive spying authority that sweeps up many thousands of Americans' communications every year. Every year, FBI agents use this authority abusively, to spy on protesters, worshippers, and even to stalk people.
Fortunately, Sen. Sullivan understands the importance of reining in the surveillance state. He already voted in 2020 for amendments parallel to provisions in the GSRA, that would have banned the use of EO12,333-derived evidence against U. S. persons, required a civil liberties amicus in most Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court hearings, and prohibited the FBI from collecting your web browsing history without a warrant.
In addition, the bill requires that:
- FBI and other intelligence officials must acquire a warrant prior to querying the Section 702 NSA database for U.S. persons' communications, with exceptions carved out for exigent circumstances and individuals that have given prior consent to a search
- Limits the purpose and scope of Section 702 to foreign intelligence only
- Sets up accountability procedures for negligent violations of querying procedures
- Requires transparency measures that disclose, in a timely manner, the number of U.S. persons targeted under Section 702 as well as significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions
- Closes the "data broker loophole" so that federal agencies can't buy their way around the Fourth Amendment
And much, much more.
We're not kidding when we say that the GSRA is the best surveillance reform opportunity since the Restore The Fourth's founding back in 2013.
Please help us in this key moment, by writing to Senator Sullivan to ask that he co-sponsors this legislation.