Dear Rep. Perry - 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, Scott Perry, and ask him to cosponsor the GSRA.
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. Perry is one of few legislators who scores an A+ on our political scorecard. He has a deep concern for the privacy and Fourth Amendment rights of Americans. Just yesterday, he stated his concern with the abuses of FISA Section 702: "Reauthorization of #FISA can't be hooked to anything. The federal GOV has spied on Americans [who] decided to go to Church or you went to a school board meeting. This needs to end. Reauthorization needs to stand on its own, and have significant reform."
Rep. Perry is correct - reauthorization of FISA deserves a debate on the House floor, and it should not be attached to any must pass legislation like the NDAA. That’s why we need legislators like Perry to endorse the GSRA - the best comprehensive proposal available that reforms not just FISA Section 702, but also Executive Order 12333, Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and the data-broker loophole.
Perry supported the original USA Freedom Act prior to the weakening of its provisions in the Senate, 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 voted to add prohibitions to NSA reverse targeting, amongst many other pro-privacy decisions. His previous policy stances align perfectly with the provisions in the GSRA, and it is the significant reform that he called for yesterday.
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. Perry to ask that he endorses the GSRA.