A House Republican is criticizing a piece of legislation just passed by Congress as grossly unconstitutional because it essentially gives the federal government and local law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American.”
As reported by InfoWars.com, Rep. Justin Amash of Wisconsin said he found a passage in the Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015 that had been amended with a section authorizing “the acquisition, retention and dissemination” of all communications data from American citizens. After making the discovery, Amash tried in vain to organize a roll call (on the record) vote on the bill.
However, the measure was passed December 11 on a 325-100 voice vote (which absolves members from having to actually identify whether or not they supported the legislation), giving the bill a green light to advance. Amash called it “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve ever encountered during my time as a representative.”
[Editor’s note: A “voice vote” is generally the quickest kind of vote a deliberative legislative body can take. The presiding officer of the chamber merely puts the question to the body, which then signals by voice “aye” or “nay;” the count is an estimate by the presiding officer; in close cases this can be an imprecise method but according to the final “count” in this instance, it appears as if most lawmakers supported the bill].
A report in National Journal said 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans opposed the 47-page bill. The online news site also reported that the measure had already passed the Senate by unanimous consent (no opposition), and President Obama is expected to sign it.by