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Aug 18, 2013

Voice missing in secret court

The right to legal counsel is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, making our legal system adversarial by design. The presence of legal adversaries to argue both sides in court through zealous representation maximizes the ability of our judges and juries to render informed and fair decisions. Yet despite the near universal understanding of this basic right, one defendant has been left without a courtroom advocate: the American people. As the recent revelations about the National Security Agency have made clear, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has essentially become a rubber stamp for government intelligence services. The Department of Justice reports that the FISA Court approved 1,789 surveillance applications in 2012 without denying a single one.

Jul 24, 2013

Lynch Votes Against Bill to End the Affordable 30-Year Mortgage

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 2767, a Republican bill to privatize the mortgage finance market:

Jul 16, 2013

Lynch Introduces Legislation to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in NSA Phone Surveillance

Rep. Lynch recently introduced H.R. 2684, the Telephone Surveillance Accountability Act of 2013. This legislation would enhance judicial oversight over the broad collection of domestic phone records by the NSA...