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Every Sitting Member of Congress Endorsed by FreedomWorks Voted for Anti-Freedom FISA Amendments Act

The FreedomWorks For America Super PAC tosses the mantle of Less Government and the sash of Freedom about its well-endowed shoulders:

FreedomWorks for America endorses true champions of freedom and supports them on the ground with our battle-tested, grassroots get-out-the-vote techniques…. these candidates have been consistent voices for… less government and more freedom.

Let’s fact check that by taking the complete list of all sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives endorsed by FreedomWorks and seeing how they voted yesterday on H.R. 5949, the bill to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act for 5 years without any civil liberties reform whatsoever.

The FISA Amendments Act gives the federal government the power to grab Americans’ personal communications and papers without their knowledge, without their permission, and without the judge’s finding of reasonable cause specified in the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Your activity on cell phones, GPS devices, smart phones, online shopping, emails, internet browsing and even your ebooks on your Kindle is vulnerable to being collected by the goverment in warrantless sweeps, and you don’t have to be a criminal to be watched. The government doesn’t have to prove any suspicion of terrorism or other dastardly act. It doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody about what it’s been seizing and who it’s been seizing from — not since the FISA Amendments Act was passed.

Because it abrogates Americans’ 4th Amendment freedoms without reform, yesterday’s vote by the House of Representatives to extend FISA Amendments Act powers for 5 years is a vote for more government, not less. A vote for H.R. 5949 is a vote against American freedoms, not for them. If FreedomWorks really is all about freedom and smaller government, then FreedomWorks should not be endorsing members of Congress who erode freedom and expand government power.

Without further ado, here’s how each FreedomWorks-endorsed incumbent voted on H.R. 5949:

Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-6): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. Steve King (IA-5): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. Jeff Landry (LA-3): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-5): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-8): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Republican Rep. Allen West (FL-22): FreedomWorks endorsed, voted for big government surveillance without warrants

Fact check result: Judging by endorsements, this Super PAC ought to rename itself AntiFreedomWorks.

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