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Bachmann Addresses Security Provisions

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Uploaded on May 26, 2011

Tonight, Rep. Michele Bachmann addressed the extension of three national security provisions after they were passed by the House. Here are a portion of her remarks:

"This is an authorization for the next several years on three measures. One is on the lone wolf exception. We have a new war, new enemy and new tactics. The lone wolf is one actor acting alone and we have a tip and we have to go in and find that actor. That is an appropriate use of imagining this intelligence and information. Roving wiretaps: we have changed from the days of telephones being wired into the walls, now we use a cell phone. Modern terrorists will by 1,000 phones and make one call and pick up another cell phone and make another call. We have to have the ability to be able to go to which ever phone a potential alleged terrorist may be using. The third exception is the business records exception, section 215. This is the section that people have the most worries about. They worry about infringement of Fourth Amendment rights. I spent all this week going from members to members I felt would oppose; people who were national voices who oppose the PATRIOT Act to find out what their concerns are. I'm a lawyer and I'm concerned about making sure we never cross the line as the federal government. Why? Because I think government is too big. We intervene too much in people's lives and don't want any in and accessing my personal private records. This is what I know to be true about section 215 and why I could vote for it. Number one, no right of imagining access to records can be given unless a federal agent goes to a judge first. They have to go to the FISA court. Also, there has to be a connection to national security interests or to a foreign government. We've got that level of protection."

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