May 18, 2011
Making the PATRIOT Act permanent
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted 22-13 in favor of a bill extending two expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for six years—and making another permanent. Now is a crucial time in the legislative process, and we must make sure members of Congress hear grassroots voices opposing the Washington agenda and the surveillance state.
Despite feeling "betrayed" by the FBI's violations of these powers just last year, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and other members of the House leadership are aggressively promoting PATRIOT Act reauthorization without adding protections for civil liberties. Meanwhile, people from across the political spectrum have raised their voices and called on Congress to reject the proposed reauthorization and restore constitutional rights.
This week is a prime opportunity for grassroots constitutionalists like you to contact your members of Congress and encourage their support for strong reforms to the PATRIOT Act. For instance, the provisions included in the JUSTICE Act would dramatically limit executive power and restore individual rights and liberties.
Thank you for your concern for the Constitution—and for raising your voice to defend it.