Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

By:  Frank LoBiondo
Date: July 18, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Chairman, the Fourth Amendment is unequivocal that ``the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches, shall not be violated.'' I'm a firm believer in this. I'm also a firm believer in article I, section 8 of the Constitution that Congress shall have the right to provide for the common defense of the United States. Therefore, I offer my amendment to ensure that no funding will be used to operate unmanned aerial systems, except those operations that are in accordance with the Fourth Amendment.

We need to make sure our citizens explicitly understand that while funding for these platforms is critical for our Nation's intelligence activities, these normal operations will not conflict with our constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.

This language would ensure that there is no misperception about the Department's use of these technologies, and I urge its adoption.

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