Congress will be acting soon to renew the USA PATRIOT Act, so now is the time to weigh in with your representative and Senators. Three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act — including Section 215, the ‘library’ provision — expire on May 27, 2011. Call your representative and Senators and urge them to support reforms as a condition of renewal.
The American Library Association supports S. 193, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011, which was introduced by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) sent a letter to Chairman Leahy supporting this bill. While similar legislation has not been introduced in the House, given the impending deadline this is still a good time to urge House members to support reforms that protect the privacy of innocent Americans.
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