U.S. Rep. Greg Steube Introduces Legislation to Repeal the USA PATRIOT Act

Legislation Aims to Restore Americans’ Civil Liberties by Ending the Government’s Ability to Abuse Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today introduced The Protect Our Civil Liberties Act to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 in an effort to restore Americans’ civil liberties, guaranteed by our Constitution.

“For decades now, the misnamed Patriot Act and the 2008 FISA Amendments have allowed the federal government to trample on the rights of law-abiding American citizens. As the federal government has become increasingly weaponized against its own people, it is imperative we rein in this overreach,” said Rep. Greg Steube. “We can have a secure nation and retain our civil liberties at the same time.”

The USA PATRIOT Act was a hurried re-write of our nation’s surveillance laws in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The result was expanded government overreach and increased capabilities for the U.S. government to spy, conduct warrantless searches, and obtain private records –  even those records held by third parties. Reports have shown the FBI has seriously abused sections of the USA PATRIOT Act. The FISA Amendments Act has wrongfully permitted the government to collect mass amounts of Americans’ personal data and communications, including email traffic, phone calls, and text messages in the name of national security.

Congressman Greg Steube is a member of the Select Subcommittee of the Weaponization of the Federal Government. The select subcommittee was established in the 118th Congress to investigate surveillance abuses from the Executive Branch on American citizens and the undermining of Americans’ civil liberties.

Read the bill text here.

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©2023. Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL District 17). All rights reserved.


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  1. Royal Allen Brown III
    Royal Allen Brown III says:

    Great – long overdue. The Patriot Act was supposed to be used against foreign terroristsbut because of vague language has been used by Marxist Democrats against people falsely accused of domestic terrorism not based on any crime but for political reasons.

    The Patriot Act has been grossly missued to arrest Americans using weaponized FBI investigations and mass raids to incarcerate innocent people without Due Process; without charges or overcharges; without speedy trials and often without representation by attorneys or visitation by family members. In many cases those arrested have also been mistreated including being placed in solitary confinement.


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