Last month Rep. Kristi Noem voted against a bi-partisan amendment that would have required the government to seek a warranty prior to querying the internet data of American citizens. Opponents of the bill politicized the Orlando tragedy in order to defeat the amendment which had passed the previous two years.
Rep. Noem has a mixed track record on this amendment. She voted yes three years ago, and then has voted no the last two years. I sent a letter asking why she changed her vote, but I never received a reply. I’m speculating that Rep. Noem has been influenced in part from the intense lobbying from the FBI and intelligence community regarding this amendment. After all, the FBI would rather not bother with judicial oversight and warrants.
This is an important topic, so I’m preparing another post where I’ll take a look at some of the false claims the intelligence community is making, and how that’s likely influencing Rep. Noem. I’m also preparing another post where I’ll show how easy it is for ordinary South Dakotans to get caught up in this type of surveillance.