Friday, December 15, 2023, was National Bill of Rights Day. Congress considered this the perfect time period to push through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and, as a result, extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) section 702.
Section 702 is a surveillance tool that requires the government to direct surveillance efforts at people outside the United States. However, it routinely targets Americans because overseas calls are subject to warrantless monitoring. If you call internationally, you can be monitored despite committing no crime. The excuse given is that Section 702 is needed to allow the government to target any foreigner abroad for warrantless surveillance, obtain foreign intelligence information, and “protect America.”
The U.S. Constitution is the contract to which the people require the government to adhere. As the enforcers of the contract, it is up to us to highlight when the government is in breach and be willing to show who was part of its violation. The Constitution contains a Bill of Rights composed of ten amendments that are mandatory rights the government is required to protect. Amendment IV states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This is one amendment violation: what about the others?
When one bill usurps at least half of the Bill of Rights under the false guise of national security, is the entire Constitution only an inconvenience, not a promise? Here are the votes cast supporting or against the NDAA by Montana’s Congressional delegation. A YEA vote is in favor of warrantless searches and seizures.
Their social media reflected their votes and their positions.