CALL NOW: Congress may be about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act

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CALL NOW: Congress may be about to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act

Congress may be about to rubberstamp another extension of the PATRIOT Act. Call your member of Congress today and demand that Congress let the PATRIOT Act expire and end mass surveillance.

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Dear 5849376,

Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act – including one that has been exploited to authorize mass surveillance of Americans – will expire on June 1 unless Congress votes to reauthorize them.

After the leaks by Edward Snowden, even the original author of the PATRIOT Act, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, has said that the authority claimed by the government to spy on Americans far exceeds the intent of the law.

The House could vote to rubberstamp the PATRIOT Act and mass surveillance by the end of the month.1 We have to stop it.

Our friends at Demand Progress built a call tool that will connect you with your member of Congress' office so that you can urge a 'no' vote on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act and demand real reform to stop mass surveillance. Once you finish your call to your member of Congress, you'll be connected to members of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee in which we have the best chance of stopping the PATRIOT Act from being reauthorized.

Call now: Congress may be about to rubberstamp mass surveillance. We have to stop it from reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act.

Congress should let the PATRIOT Act expire, but the truth is that even that wouldn't end intrusive and counterproductive mass surveillance on innocent Americans. The government also claims that section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act and Executive Order 12333 give it sweeping authority to spy on Americans.

Representatives Mark Pocan and Thomas Massie recently introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act, the only piece of legislation that would fully repeal all of these dangerous laws.

Even if we pass the Surveillance State Repeal Act, more will need to be done. Intelligence community leaders like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who lied to Congress and the American people, must be fired and, where appropriate, prosecuted. Congress should overhaul the way it oversees secret intelligence. And the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has rubberstamped many of the government's programs to spy on Americans, needs to be reformed.

Call now: Congress must end mass surveillance and restore our constitutionally-guaranteed right to privacy, not rubberstamp the PATRIOT Act.

For far too long, "national security" has been both a way for the government to override civil liberties objections and a way to squelch debate.

But we must recognize that the surveillance apparatus created by the merging of our spy agencies with private communications, telecommunications and Internet companies is potentially so broad and indiscriminate that it tramples not only our privacy, but endangers our citizens' right to free speech and association guaranteed by the Constitution.

And the sad fact is that there is scant evidence that this wholesale intrusion into our privacy has done anything to make us safer. In fact, sweeping up information on nearly all Americans has likely made us less safe by making it harder to detect real threats.

With the PATRIOT Act set to expire in June, this is our best opportunity in years to press for reform. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you today – click the link below to call:

http://act.credoaction.com/go/8613?t=6&akid=14158.3291973.1EIvap

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Julian Hattem, "House eyes possible early plans to renew Patriot Act," The Hill, April 9, 2015

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