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Petersen Criticizes McCaskill, Blunt for FISA Vote

Hawley said he would have supported it, too.

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Nia Prater
Jan. 19, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

Former presidential candidate Austin Petersen (R) is criticizing both Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R) for voting in favor of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits the interception of phone calls and emails from foreigners by U.S. intelligence officials.

Petersen: “I’m deeply dismayed and disappointed in Senator McCaskill’s … decision to betray the 4th Amendment and support the reauthorization of the deeply flawed FISA Sec 702 surveillance bill.”

State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) released a statement indicating he would have voted for renewal, but admitted the potential for the law to be misused: “I support giving national security officials the tools they need to aggressively fight terrorism and keep Americans safe, but we have to be vigilant in reviewing this practice to avoid unintended consequences that impact the privacy of Americans.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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