U.S. Rep. Greg Steube Introduces Legislation to Repeal the USA PATRIOT Act
Legislation Aims to Restore Americans’ Civil Liberties by Ending the Government’s Ability to Abuse Surveillance Programs
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today introduced The Protect Our Civil Liberties Act to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 in an effort to restore Americans’ civil liberties, guaranteed by our Constitution.
“For decades now, the misnamed Patriot Act and the 2008 FISA Amendments have allowed the federal government to trample on the rights of law-abiding American citizens. As the federal government has become increasingly weaponized against its own people, it is imperative we rein in this overreach,” said Rep. Greg Steube. “We can have a secure nation and retain our civil liberties at the same time.”
The USA PATRIOT Act was a hurried re-write of our nation’s surveillance laws in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The result was expanded government overreach and increased capabilities for the U.S. government to spy, conduct warrantless searches, and obtain private records – even those records held by third parties. Reports have shown the FBI has seriously abused sections of the USA PATRIOT Act. The FISA Amendments Act has wrongfully permitted the government to collect mass amounts of Americans’ personal data and communications, including email traffic, phone calls, and text messages in the name of national security.
Congressman Greg Steube is a member of the Select Subcommittee of the Weaponization of the Federal Government. The select subcommittee was established in the 118th Congress to investigate surveillance abuses from the Executive Branch on American citizens and the undermining of Americans’ civil liberties.