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Mass hacking is here. What comes next:

First, the bad news. The Department of Justice just gained a startling new power to hack into the personal computers and devices of law-abiding Americans without an individual warrant.

By sitting on its hands, Congress consented to this troubling rule change that clearly violates the rights of our citizens.

We lost a battle. But here’s some good news: at the same time, we built a movement and a big coalition that is committed to protecting our digital privacy and security and cutting back on the government’s surveillance activity. And the fight against this change was as bipartisan as it was fierce.

Many thousands of Americans raised their voice to say “NO!” to mass hacking in the months and days leading up to this change, and we aren’t going anywhere.

I’m going to keep fighting to protect law-abiding Americans from mass hacking and surveillance by the government, and to secure our individual liberty and security. Having you with me in these fights makes a big difference.

Now, it’s more important than ever that we stay on top of our nation’s law enforcement agencies, scrutinize their spying activity, and fight for the protection of our rights under the Constitution.

Thank you for standing with me.


Posted on December 2, 2016.

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