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Showing posts with label Trey Gowdy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trey Gowdy. Show all posts

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Four South Carolina Congressmen Vote to Restrict Your Constitutional Rights and Freedoms

Why have four South Carolina Congressmen voted against the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, to extend NSA spying on American citizens, and to invade your privacy? That's a question South Carolinians may wish to ask James Clyburn, Trey Gowdy, Tom Rice, and Joe Wilson  before reelecting them to erode even more of your Constitutional rights and freedoms.  

These are the House members who voted to extend NSA spying and reject privacy reforms



Monday, May 12, 2014

Trey Gowdy Turns Tables and Questions the Lamestream Media; Leaves Them in Stunned Silence

The nation is about to find out what Upstate South Carolinians knew when they ended the career of a weak, incumbent Republican Congressman and sent in his place, with 70 % of the vote, a bulldog by the name of Trey Gowdy!

This is what real Congressional oversight looks like -- and the corrupt regime will soon feel the "terrible swift sword" of  a skilled prosecutor seeking truth and justice for the families of four murdered Americans.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Congressman Trey Gowdy Blasts Obama Administration's Release of Aggravated Felons

This administration will readily put your life at risk in its efforts to destroy and bankrupt America.  And once again, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy brings brilliant prosecutorial  skills to the task of exposing a criminal regime.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rep. Trey Gowdy at Libya Hearing: 'I Want to Know Why We Were Lied To'

Once again, we could not be prouder of our own Congressman, Trey Gowdy, for standing up to the lying thugs of the Obama regime  Here he challenges both U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for providing "demonstrably false" statements  to the Congress and the American people abouut the murders in Libya.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Congressman Gowdy Exposes the Personal, Ideological Agenda of Kathleen Sebelius

Once again our own Congressman, Trey Gowdy from Upstate South Carolina, has directed his sharp legal mind to the defense of the United States Constitution. Here he exposes that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had no Constitutional basis for her contraceptive and abortifacient mandate and assault on religious liberty.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Congressman Trey Gowdy at a House Judiciary Hearing on Recess Appointments

The 4th Congressional District of South Carolina has gone from having one of the flakiest Representatives in Congress to one of the very best in Congressman Trey Gowdy.  We are proud of you, Sir, and thank you for your service.  Here the former prosecutor gets to the heart of Obama's unconstitutional "recess" appointments.

Friday, July 29, 2011

SC House Delegation Among Those Opposing Boehner's Plan

 We are proud and grateful for South Carolina's Republican House delegation and Senator DeMint for standing strong and fighting for real cuts in federal spending, a reduction in the size of government, and a return to honest money and responsible leadership.  Please thank and encourage these good men in their historic battle:

Tim Scott 202-225-3176

Joe Wilson 202-225-2452

Jeff Duncan 202-225-5301

Trey Gowdy 202-225-6030

Mick Mulvaney 202-225-5501
From Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch
Rep. Trey Gowd
With the country less than a week away from potentially defaulting on its debt, South Carolina’s Republican delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives is going against party leadership.
According to multiple media outlets, Trey Gowdy (pictured), Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson and Tim Scott have opposed House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling and stave off default.

It was thought that the bill would go to a vote on Thursday evening. But when it was not certain that it would pass, the vote was called off. Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the day on Friday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gowdy Supports Reauthorization of Patriot Act

 Updated Monday evening, 2/15/11

We were very pleased to learn this evening that Representative Gowdy shares our concerns about many aspects of The Patriot Act.  We failed to make clear in our earlier post that because the Patriot Act is due to expire in the next several weeks, the Congress temporarily reauthorized only three of the more benign provisions of the Act, one of which pertains only to foreign nationals.

Congressman Gowdy has assured us that extensive oversight hearings will be held as early as March and that he and many Members of Congress will be eager to hear the views of their constituents to ensure that it in no way violates the Constitution of the United States.

The Congressman has kindly provided the following summary of the three provisions that have been temporarily reauthorized.  We look forward to following this issue closely in the months ahead.
The three provisions set for review, oversight and potential reauthorization are (1) the Lone Wolf Provision, (2) the Roving Wiretap Provision and (3) the Business Records Provision.  

The constitutionality of the Lone Wolf and Roving Wiretap Provisions has never been challenged.  The Business Records Provision was more controversial, and has been amended to address those concerns.  The USA PATRIOT Act actually erects additional safeguards in national security cases that do not exist in other categories of criminal conduct.  These additional layers of constitutional protection require more oversight and scrutiny than the garden-variety drug cases I investigated as a federal prosecutor.

1)  Section 6001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act (Lone Wolf Provision) – This provision allows law enforcement to conduct surveillance on non-U.S. citizens who act as  “lone wolves” without ties to an organized terror group or foreign power.  The United States faces varying threats to our safety, and national security agents must have the tools to prevent attacks planned by non-U.S. citizens acting outside the structure of an organized enemy. 

2)  Section 206 of the Patriot Act (Roving Wiretap Provision) – The roving wiretap tool has been available to law enforcement since 1986.  It allows for law enforcement agents, after proving probable cause on an initial warrant, to extend that warrant to other communications devices used by a suspect.  Instead of having to procure individual warrants on each device, which in the age of disposable phones can number in the thousands, this provision prevents suspects from evading surveillance by using multiple devices.  The provision also requires continuous monitoring by the FISA court and detailed reporting by law enforcement officers.

3)  Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Business Records Provision) – Business records are routinely sought and obtained in domestic investigations through the use of subpoenas, a practice I participated in countless times during my years in law enforcement.  This provision goes a step further, requiring FISA court approval to obtain third-party information, NOT personal documents.

H.R. 514 only covers these three provisions, and is merely a temporary reauthorization through the end of the year.  By voting for temporary reauthorization, we are ensuring our law enforcement agents have the necessary tools to keep our country safe from attack, while at the same time providing for a thorough examination of the law.  Instead of rushing legislation through behind closed doors without proper oversight, this measure sets the stage for meaningful hearings to address any civil liberties concerns.

I have personally approached Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (the original author of the USA PATRIOT Act), and Representative Lamar Smith (Chairman of the Judiciary Committee) urging them to conduct oversight hearings as soon as possible on the reauthorization of the three PATRIOT Act provisions set to expire at the end of 2011.  I have been assured these hearings will occur, and expect to be an active participant in the process by asking tough questions and expecting candid responses.

We acknowledge the need to provide oversight in all aspects of government, including law enforcement and national security.  I look forward to full, frank and fair debate on all aspects of the reauthorization in an open forum, with the public as an active partner in the oversight process.
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Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who was nominated and elected on a wave of revulsion to the liberal voting record of his Republican predecessor, joined Democrats in reauthorizing the misnamed Patriot Act.

Prior to last weeks vote extending the Patriot Act, we contacted Gowdy's office by phone and E-mail to express our strong disapproval of this unconstitutional intrusion into the rights and freedoms of American citizens.  When reauthorization of the Act failed under previous rules, the House changed the rules to allow reauthorization with a simple majority vote.  We received the following response from Congressman Gowdy:

February 15, 2011

Dear Mr. Cassidy:

Thank you for contacting me about the temporary renewal of three provisions from the USA PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act ("IRTP Act"). I value your thoughts and appreciate the opportunity to respond.

The PATRIOT Act erects additional safeguards in national security cases that do not exist in other categories of criminal conduct. These additional layers of constitutional protection require more oversight and scrutiny than the garden-variety drug cases I investigated as a federal prosecutor. For these reasons, I voted to support H.R. 514.

Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, the Business Records Provision, allows the FBI to request the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court ("FISA Court") to access third party items relevant to international terrorism cases. Gathering business records is routine in investigations, and this provision requires that these items only be obtained with the approval of a FISA Court judge who is appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States and well versed in constitutional and criminal law.

Section 206 of the PATRIOT Act, the Roving Wiretap Provision, authorizes the use of multipoint wiretaps, a tool employed by law enforcement since 1986. This provision allows the government, with the approval of a FISA Court judge, to use a single wiretap to cover any communications device used by a terrorism suspect. With out this authority, investigators would need to receive approval from a FISA judge to conduct surveillance each time a terrorism suspect uses a different cell phone or computer, allowing terrorists to evade detection by using multiple devices.

Section 6001 of the IRTP Act, the Lone Wolf Provision, allows the government to conduct surveillance on individuals without ties to an organized terror group or foreign power. This provision can only be used to conduct surveillance on people who are not U.S. citizens, and ensures that terrorists who work on their own will not escape surveillance and detection.

H.R. 514 extended these provisions temporarily through December 2011, ensuring law enforcement has the tools needed to keep our country safe, while allowing for a thorough examination of the PATRIOT Act. Congress will be considering these issues in the coming months as it looks at a more permanent reauthorization, and I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress looks to strike the appropriate balance between protecting American citizens while ensuring civil liberties are respected. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have specific questions or concerns about these provisions that you would like us to examine in this process.

Thank you again for contacting me, and please do not hesitate to do so in the future. It is an honor to serve you and the 4th Congressional District.


Trey Gowdy
Member of Congress