(Victor Valley) – Last night, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted to protect Americans’ privacy by voting for the Massie-Sensenbrenner Amendment, which closes two legal loopholes that allow the NSA to spy on Americans. This vital amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriation Bill passed on a bipartisan 293-123 vote.
This amendment would ban warrantless searches of government databases for information about American citizens. This information includes the content of emails and telephone calls. Additionally, this amendment would prohibit the NSA and CIA from placing “back doors” into commercial software. Not only do these backdoors allow spy agencies to listen in on Americans’ private communications, they can be exploited by criminals and hackers, putting the information security of people and businesses at risk.
Cook said, “I’m dedicated to protecting Americans’ privacy. Earlier this year, I supported the USA Freedom Act to protect our constitutional rights. It was a good first step, but this important amendment will help rein in our overreaching spy agencies. I’m proud to support this vital amendment.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.