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The JUSTICE Act

The Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act would reform the USA PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendments Act and other surveillance authorities to protect Americans' constitutional rights, while preserving the powers of our government to fight terrorism. 

The JUSTICE Act includes:

  • revisions to the "material support" standard upheld in the Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder case in 2010, to require that prosecutors prove that defendants knowingly intended their support to further violent extremism.
  • more effective checks on government searches of Americans' personal records, the "sneak and peek" search provision of the PATRIOT Act, "John Doe" roving wiretaps, and other overbroad authorities
  • better oversight of the use of national security letters (NSLs) as repeatedly recommended by the Department of Justice's Inspector General in reports detailing recurring and widespread misuse and abuse of NSLs.
  • reforms to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to prevent bulk collection of the contents of Americans' international communications, repeal the provision granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that may have facilitated widespread violations of constitutional rights, and prohibit "reverse targeting" of innocent Americans. 

More information about the JUSTICE Act is available from the ACLU. In addition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted the full text of the 2010 version of the JUSTICE Act.

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