Congressman Alan Grayson has filed a new bill designed to stop the National Security Agency (NSA) from collecting data from U.S. citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing.
His bill is called the "Big Brother Is Not Watching You" Act and it would force the president to implement all of the recommendations coming from his panel on the activities of the NSA. Rep. Grayson, D-Orlando, tells FOX 35 that it is a matter which all Americans should be concerned about.
"This is what it all comes down to: Are we going to live as men and women, as free autonomous beings, or are we cattle? I vote for human beings."
Grayson asserts that when the NSA collects data from all phone calls sent and received in the U.S., it is a violation of people's constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment, which limits unwarranted search and seizure.
"The Fourth Amendment requires particularity and probable cause whenever the government gets anybody's private information. That includes cellphone calls, websites you browse, your physical location and so on. In neither case is the NSA adhering to those rules."
Grayson says the NSA is collecting far too much data and things that are not necessary to ensure national security.
"They're simply collecting everybody's 'everything.' They never met a byte they didn't like or want."
Grayson says the NSA has gone as far as demanding companies like Verizon and Google to turn over data and has even placed tracking devices on computers to learn which websites people visit, which he adds is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.