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Tell Congress Not to Reauthorize USA PATRIOT Act’s ‘Domestic Spying’ Provision, Set to Expire on June 1

02/17/2015 | News in  News/Action Alerts

Tell Congress Not to Reauthorize USA PATRIOT Act’s ‘Domestic Spying’ Provision, Set to Expire on June 1

If you're concerned about privacy rights, use this letter to contact your representatives in Congress and urge them not to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and to let it expire on June 1, 2015.

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Tell Congress Not to Reauthorize USA PATRIOT Act’s ‘Domestic Spying’ Provision, Sec. 215

Set to Expire on June 1

CAIR Action Alert:
 
Tell Congress Not to Reauthorize USA PATRIOT Act’s ‘Domestic Spying’ Provision, Set to Expire on June 1
 
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/2015) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans concerned about privacy rights to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge them not reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and let it expire on June 1, 2015.
 
Under Section 215, the NSA and FBI have for years been able to use the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to compel the nation's phone and internet providers, social media networks and businesses like Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft (Hotmail, etc.), Apple, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype and AOL to turn over in bulk the telephone, e-mail and other online records of millions of innocent, law-abiding Americans in the name of national security.
 
CAIR believes that Section 215 grants an overbroad surveillance authority to the NSA, FBI and other intelligence agencies and significantly undermines the willingness of Americans to engage in political speech and other constitutionally-protected activities, even with their friends on social media.
 
A year ago the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, an independent agency that advises the president, Congress and federal government on the impact of national security programs on privacy and civil liberties, advised that the government should end its Section 215 Program, stating it “raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value.”
 
Since then the president has failed to use his authority to stop any NSA bulk collection programs under Section 215 and Congress could not agree on a single reform measure to addresses the issue.
 
Allowing Section 215 to expire would put an immediate end to the government’s bulk collection of American’s communication records and require federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to have probable cause before obtaining the records of U.S. persons.
 
While Congress still needs to adopt a comprehensive reform legislation that addresses the overall issue of NSA and FBI domestic spying, until such legislation can be passed, it should at least not reauthorize Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and let it expire on June 1.
 
ACTION REQUESTED:

CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter for all Americans to urge their members of Congress to not reauthorize Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and let it expire on June 1, putting an end to abusive and unconstitutional government spying programs that permit the bulk collection of American’s communication records. Please sign the letter to send it your representatives in Congress.

Please visit http://www.cair.com/action-alerts/12833-tell-congress-not-to-reauthorize-patriot-act-domestic-spying-provision.html to sign the letter.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert S. McCaw, rmccaw@cair.com, 202-742-6448

 

 

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