On July 24 the United States House of Representatives narrowly defeated a bill that would have ended the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone records of millions of Americans. Michigan Congressman Justin Amash’s amendment to a defense spending bill would have stripped NSA funding used for the bulk collection of phone records of ordinary law-abiding Americans. Had the bill passed, the NSA would not have been allowed to continue phone surveillance of those not under investigation for anything.
The measure lost 205 to 217, with Congress Member Ed Royce voting against it. Mr. Royce, whose 39th Congressional District includes most of Fullerton, evidently believes it is perfectly fine for the NSA to spy on anyone they want to without demonstrating any probable cause to do so.
His vote against a bill that would have curtailed the NSA’s effectively limitless spying on Americans does not serve the people of the 39th Congressional District, who expect their representatives to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Instead, Mr. Royce has chosen to stand with those willing to give up the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against warrantless searches.