Fourth Amendment – Privacy
Bruce Fein is a nationally celebrated expert in the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment gives the right to be let alone, absent particularized government suspicion. Mr. Fein is well versed in the torts of intentional infliction of emotional distress, the right of publicity, or other invasions of privacy rights, subject to the First Amendment’s protections of free speech.
Bruce Fein has extensive Fourth Amendment experience. He has represented Edward Snowden’s father, and was the architect of Senator Rand Paul’s suit against President Barak Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. In the latter, he challenged the National Security Agency’s surveillance of the entire U.S. population under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Mr. Fein has testified before Congress numerous times regarding the Fourth Amendment. He testified in opposition to President George W. Bush’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, against the extension of the Patriot Act, and participated in the drafting of legislation that would curtail the use of National Security Letters to collect private information believed to be relevant to a terrorist organization. During his time in the Office of Legal Counsel, Mr. Fein provided advice on privacy matters arising under the Freedom of Information disclosure exemptions and under the Privacy Act of 1974.