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Tell Congress to Rein in Surveillance Activities

surveillance_cameras_350px.jpgIt’s time to curb the secret laws that have allowed our national security agencies to grow far more powerful than we could have ever imagined. Our privacy, civil liberties and other basic rights we often take for granted hang in the balance.

Important bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House would increase transparency, oversight and accountability in our national intelligence apparatus, including the secretive federal court that has rubberstamped requests to conduct surveillance. This court not only meets behind closed doors but its rulings are almost never revealed.

The USA FREEDOM Act introduced in the Senate by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and in the House by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) would create serious and meaningful reform of National Security Agency activities. The bills have more than 80 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

The proposed legislation would strengthen oversight by requiring Inspector General audits of the intelligence community’s surveillance activities, while also providing the public more information about the number and types of surveillance orders that are issued.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to support the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 1599, H.R. 3361), much needed legislation that will help protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties and provide much-needed oversight of our surveillance activities.

Specifically, I support the measures of the bill that provides more safeguards for warrantless surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act. The bill includes other significant privacy and oversight provisions, provides for the creation of a Special Advocate to focus on the protection of privacy rights and civil liberties before the FISA Court, and requires declassified important FISA Court decisions, and more detailed public reporting about the numbers and types of FISA orders that are issued.

It's time for Congress to check the power of the intelligence community. I urge you to support the USA FREEDOM Act.

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