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It’s now or (almost) never for real NSA reform; contacting Congress today critical!

It was mid-summer when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, answered the House of Representative’s passage of an unacceptably weak version of the USA FREEDOM Act by introducing S. 2685, a strong, bipartisan bill

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Celebrating Constitution Day the advocacy way

 “Dear Congressional Leaders – We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607 and H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee and Yoder-Polis bills updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held

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Vermont State Librarian testifies on the importance of an open internet at Senate hearing

Today, Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid voiced(pdf) the concerns of our nation’s libraries about the importance of an open Internet at a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary field hearing. Led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in support of network

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House passes flawed USA FREEDOM Act; summer fight looms in Senate

By a vote of 303 – 121, the House of Representatives today passed a version of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) intended to end the “dragnet”-style collection of Americans’ phone records by the government, but which even many of

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UPDATE: Late changes weaken USA FREEDOM Act; Expected house passage tomorrow sets stage for intense Senate advocacy this summer

UPDATE May 21, 2014 — As widely reported this morning, the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) — legislation intended to end the Government’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone record data — was substantially changed late yesterday in the House Rules

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