March 24, 2015, 4:38 p.m.

Go Big or Go Home: Pass the New Surveillance State Repeal Act

Nearly two years after Snowden began revealing them, Congress has done nothing to fix the US government's massively abusive surveillance practices. They think Americans will be OK with an unconstitutional, sprawling, mass-surveillance empire intruding into every part of our lives. We’re not. It’s time to take a stand.

We’ve seen what happens when reformers try to nibble around the edges, when we try to pre-compromise with the intelligence community. We saw a good reform bill last session, the “USA FREEDOM Act”, get stripped of nearly everything worth doing as it passed through the process, and then it failed anyway. So this time, we’re setting out for what we’d really like to see happen–a bill that embodies our vision for a new way of dealing with security and surveillance.

Restore The Fourth has been working quietly with a new coalition of surveillance reform groups and with representatives interested in real reform, and today we’re helping to launch HR 1466, the Surveillance State Repeal Act. Co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), this bill strikes at the heart of the surveillance state.

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