WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of the Poe-Lofgren-Massie-Conyers-Amash-Nadler-Fahrenthold-Polis-Lieu-Labrador Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill of 2015.
"After September 11th, Congress passed the Patriot Act. Under this law, the government was given an inch but took a mile," said Rep. Poe. "Americans now know that the government not only abused its Section 215 powers, but also overstepped its authority under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). These limited powers transformed into pervasive and open-ended snooping and “back door” warrantless surveillance of American citizens. The Government now wants to force US Technology companies to install “back-doors” on their products so that they can easily access them to conduct surveillance without a warrant or consent from the user. As we have learned through prior abuses, Congress needs to specifically prohibit this kind of surveillance or the Government will push the limit as far as they think they can. This amendment prevents the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation from mandating or requesting such back doors from US technology companies that can be used for surveillance. This amendment protects American’s privacy and upholds our fourth amendment rights."