Freshman Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL 6th District) sat down with The Shark Tank this week to discuss the possibility of the introduction of legislation to amend the Patriot Act, particularly Section 215 as it’s been heavily scrutinized in recent weeks over the Government’s collection of massive amounts of meta-data of American citizens on American soil.
Obama announced the legislation came as no surprise to Congress since they all had been fully briefed. “The President said we’d all been briefed,” said DeSantis. “And that wasn’t true.” He explains the briefing only came after the fact.
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He expresses his concerns that this administration has gone well beyond the confines of what Section 215 was intended to be.
DeSantis also warns that with what “we’ve seen with the IRS and some of these other situations people in the positions of power are not fully trust worthy,” and that our Founding Fathers understood this. DeSantis plans on further investigating the act before fully making a judgment on how best to repair it, especially since he has concerns the current administration would not follow the legal ramifications of any type of “legislative fix” if they are not alreadyfully abiding by the current legislation.
“You’ve got to have checks and balances,” he said. “And right now it’s basically just internal procedures from what I could tell and that may not be adequate.”-Rep.Ron Desantis
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