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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Congressman Lieu joins civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and House Democrats during the House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Control

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"I am fully committed to ensuring and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. I vehemently stand against any sort of racial, cultural, or religious intolerance that threatens to divide the melting pot our country has become. If we want to uphold the principle of equality that this country prides itself on, we must not let fear tear us apart."

"As an immigrant from Taiwan, I am proud to be a strong advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Congress. As an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am dedicated to promoting the well-being of the AAPI community."

More information on Congressman Lieu's work on AAPI issues can be found here.

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More on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

October 19, 2016 In The News

Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) dispute with Apple dominated the news for months this spring, the real encryption war may only now be simmering, as states battle the federal government over the right to regulate encryption.

October 17, 2016 In The News

Washington — U.S. Reps. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, and Ted Lieu, D-California, sent a bipartisan letter Friday urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to brief lawmakers on the issues raised by reports that Yahoo searched its users’ incoming emails at the request of the federal government.

In addition to Amash and Lieu, the letter was signed by Michigan’s U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and 44 others.

October 14, 2016 In The News

Rep. Lieu questions government agencies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT Subcommittee hearing on how to better protect our electronic voting machines and democratic process.

Rep. Lieu:

My understanding from the main thrust of your testimony is that because we’ve got 50 states, thousands of different jurisdictions, the American election system is complex, diverse, and robust because it is really hard to hack all of that.

October 14, 2016 In The News

Letter: “it is our responsibility to have accurate information.”

On Friday, dozens of members of Congress wrote an open letter to the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence. In it, they requested a briefing regarding the recent Reuters story that Yahoo complied with a secret court order to search all of its customers’ e-mail.

They wrote:

October 14, 2016 In The News
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for a briefing by Attorney General Loretta Lynch on reports that Yahoo searched all of its users emails at the behest of the U.S. government.
 
Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday penned a letter to Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, calling for clarity after reports that Yahoo complied with a U.S. intelligence request to scan all of its users’ emails in search of specific information.
 
October 14, 2016 In The News

A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. lawmakers wants two government agencies to explain a surveillance program in which Yahoo reportedly scanned all the messages of its email users on behalf of the FBI.

After recent news reports of the email scanning program, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence need to brief Congress about the efforts, the lawmakers said in a letter to the two agencies.

October 14, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday asked the Obama administration to brief Congress "as soon as possible" about a 2015 Yahoo program to scan all of its users' incoming email at the behest of the government.

October 13, 2016 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICYMI: CONGRESSMAN LIEU ON CYBERSECURITY AND ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF THE BALLOT BOX

Online, Rep. Lieu questions government agencies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT Subcommittee hearing
on how to better protect our electronic voting machines and democratic process.

October 11, 2016 In The News

Not long after Edward Snowden's revelations of massive government surveillance of the American public, Yahoo was one of the eight tech giants that called for strong reforms that would protect their customers.

And back in 2007, Yahoo went to court to challenge a government surveillance program in order to protect its users' privacy.

Well, that was then.

October 11, 2016 In The News

According to a new report by Reuters citing anonymous former employees, in 2015, Yahoo covertly built a secret “custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information.”

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