ORLAND PARK - Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) is a blue dog Democrat, but he's not averse to the federal government spying on American citizens without a warrant, says Republican challenger Sharon Brannigan of Orland Park.
When HR 4870 came before the U.S. House to prohibit the feds from snooping on U.S. citizens, it was adopted 293 to 123, with one member voting "Present." That member was Congressman Lipinski.
"A proposal to block intelligence agencies from conducting warrantless and ‘backdoor’ searches of U.S. communications passed in the House late Thursday night.
Not only would the amendment prohibit the search of government databases for information on U.S. citizens without a warrant, it would further cut off funding for the CIA and National Security Agency to build security vulnerabilities, or ‘backdoors,’ into domestic tech products or services for surveillance purposes, The Hill wrote in June 2014.
"Our Constitution provides us with our freedoms in our country. It has been this way for over 200 years. For persons to feel secure in their own homes, using their own private computers and cell phones, to send private messages to friends and family, can only exist if we uphold the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Brannigan said in a statement.
"If Dan Lipinski won’t vote to uphold the Constitution, I certainly will," she said. "A vote for me is a vote to uphold our personal freedom. I cherish our Constitution and will uphold it always. As a Township Legislator, I vote on local legislation that stays within the confines of our State and National Constitutions, and if elected to Congress, I will continue to uphold and protect the Constitution.”
Brannigan is blasting Lipinski's vote in a YouTube ad: