Originally published: February 5, 2014
Last updated: February 10, 2014 - 3:19pm
As the new top Democrat on the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) is pledging to tackle government surveillance and civil rights.
“Whether safeguarding the voting rights that we hold sacred and a woman’s right to choose, curtailing government surveillance overreach, or working to bring justice to the victims of outdated and racially-biased mandatory minimum sentences, I am committed to doing all that I can to protect the Constitution and the civil rights of all Americans,” he said. Rep Cohen in 2013 introduced the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Accountability Act, which would change the way that the 11 judges are chosen for the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which authorizes government surveillance. The bill would also declassify information about the decisions.