07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 15:37
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced the Restrictions on Intelligence Assets in Protests Act, a bill to limit federal intelligence and law enforcement surveillance on lawful protesters.
'Federal agencies' surveillance of protesters is deeply troubling,' said Heck. 'Intelligence assets and federal law enforcement agencies have no place gathering information on Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Congress must reign in this activity immediately.'
The Restrictions on Intelligence Assets in Protests Act will counter these encroachments by:
On Thursday, news emerged that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assembled intelligence reports on journalists who published documents outlining the department's review of demonstrators. Last week, it was reported that DHS had authorized the collection of information on individual protesters.
In late May, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) drone flew to Minneapolis to monitor protesters, part of a larger pattern of federal aircraft being deployed to surveil protesters around the country.
Congressman Heck is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Full text of the bill can be found here.