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Protecting America from Terrorists

As America faces a continually evolving threat of terrorism, I am committed to maintaining the safety of Hoosiers and American’s alike. To that end, we must ensure that our law enforcement agents and intelligence personnel have the resources to counter the ever-changing threats from terrorists who wish our Nation harm.

Domestically, I believe Congress must reauthorize specific provisions within the PATRIOT Act, which would allow investigative agencies the ability to search for and detain those who intend to harm America.

Three essential amendments have been modified to address privacy concerns and technological advancements since the PATRIOT act’s initial enactment:

  • The Roving Security Surveillance authority (Section 206) allows the government to monitor terrorism suspects with the approval of a court order. These wiretaps respond to the development of communications technology, such as disposable cell phones, and are only approved after a judge deems the government has proven probable cause. This important provision puts our law enforcement agents on a level playing field with terrorists.
  •  A second amendment vital to combating terrorism is the Business Record Orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment also known as Section 215. Like Section 206, Section 215 allows those fighting terrorism the same ability to use business records and other evidence that domestic prosecutors use in criminal cases.  These records must also go through a strict judicial approval process.
  • Lastly, Section 6001, the Lone Wolf provision allows terrorists trackers the ability to monitor non-U.S. citizens who may be acting alone and without connection to a foreign country.  It is important to note that this provision does not allow for any spying on U.S. citizens.

Since 9/11, almost 40 known plots have been foiled and our country continues to face serious  threats.  I believe this proves the PATRIOT Act has been successful at keeping Americans safe from terrorists’ threats while still respecting the privacy of American citizens. No single provision, including the three mentioned above, has ever been found unconstitutional and at a time when threats of terrorism are still prevalent and may in fact be increasing according to the Secreatry of Homeland Security, these provisions are absolutely necessary.

Please continue to contact my office with your comments; I enjoy hearing the thoughts and concerns from fellow Hoosiers in the district.