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U.S. Representative Justin Amash

Representing the 3rd District of Michigan

Amash: Patriot Act Raises Constitutional Concerns

February 9, 2011
Press Release
February 9, 2011
Will Adams
(202) 225-3831


Amash: Patriot Act Raises Constitutional Concerns

Mich. Rep. Votes Against Extension of Three Provisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) issued the following statement after voting against the extension of three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act:

“Like many Republicans and Democrats concerned with protecting civil liberties, I have serious reservations about the USA PATRIOT Act provisions up for renewal.  The business records provision allows the government to order the production of ‘any tangible things’—e-mails, phone logs, and even library records.  Worse still, the company turning over the records to the government is forbidden from telling the records’ owner of the order.  Likewise, the Act’s roving wiretap provision goes far beyond a similar provision in criminal law.  It may allow the government continuously to monitor pay phones or public computers, even when a suspect is not using the devices.  The breadth of the provisions raises serious Fourth Amendment concerns in my mind, and I cannot support them as currently written.”

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