Dear Rep. Gosar - Endorse the GSRA

The Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA) is a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that renews FISA Section 702 with sweeping reforms to government surveillance powers. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rein in the surveillance state.

We need you to write to your Representative, Paul Gosar, 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. FBI agents abuse this authority to spy on protesters, worshippers, and even to stalk people.

Rep. Gosar voted against reauthorizing FISA Section 702 in 2018. In a statement following his vote, he cited the myriad abuses of FISA, including its politically targeted surveillance, and the role of the FISA Court as a rubber stamp for government spying. He was a cosponsor of the original (and much stronger) USA Freedom Act. He has been a proud and public opponent to mass government surveillance, hence his A+ on our political scorecard.

He has co-sponsored Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) reform, voted yes on the Massie-Lofgren Amendment to HR2685, which proposed to defund warrantless government searches of database information collected under FISA Section 702, and supported the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act, in addition to many other pro-privacy measures. Co-sponsoring the GSRA should be a no-brainer for Rep. Gosar because he’s already supported most of its provisions separately.

The GSRA tackles these concerns, and 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 Restore the Fourth’s founding back in 2013.

Please help us in this key moment by writing to Rep. Gosar to ask that he co-sponsors the GSRA.

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