Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to protect emails and text messages the same way phone conversations are via an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Paul introduced an amendment, The Fourth Amendment Protection Act, to clarify that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, even those that result from searches being done by a U.S. intelligence agency monitoring a foreign national overseas.
H.R. 5949 would extend for five years the ability of U.S. intelligence authorities to surveil terrorists overseas without first getting permission from a court.
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