Real conservatives are supposed to protect individual liberty but somehow it steadily slips away from us. And Roger Wicker hasn’t stood with the people. Consider some of his worst anti-liberty votes in just the last few years:
- In 2012 Wicker voted against a Rand Paul amendment to the FISA Reauthorization Act that would “ensure adequate protection of the rights under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
- In 2013 Roger Wicker voted with Harry Reid and the Democrats to stop debate and allow a vote on a Reid-backed bill – the “Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act.” Gun Owners of America opposed the bill and asked members of the Senate not to invoke cloture and end debate on it, which would effectively kill it.
- In 2015 Wicker voted against an amendment that, according to FreedomWorks, “would address one of the most glaring issues with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), by requiring that companies sharing cyber threat data with the government first scrub non-essential personally identifiable information (PII) from the reports first. Without this amendment, CISA creates a perverse incentive for companies to be less careful about the sharing of their customers’ personal data – which would be shared in real times across many government agencies, including the NSA.”
- In 2016 Wicker voted for an amendment that “would greatly expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) surveillance powers, giving the agency the ability to collect sensitive, personal information about American citizens’ online activities. The amendment would allow the FBI to collect Electronic Communications Transactional Records (ECTRs) which includes information about web browsing history, the to/from lines of emails, and location information from IP addresses with only an administrative subpoena, also known as a National Security Letter. In addition to not requiring a warrant, national security letters also include a gag order, so companies cannot even inform their customers that their data is being turned over to federal law enforcement officials.”
- In 2018, Wicker voted for cloture on the Senate bill for reauthorization of the FISA law and when the bill came up for a vote, he supported it. The reauthorization continues the unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens without a warrant for another six years.