Tag Archives: USA PATRIOT Act

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

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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 of his own. Well, it’s taken until beyond Veterans Day, strong lobbying by civil liberties groups and tech companies, and ... Read More »

Librarians won’t stay quiet about surveillance

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The Washington Post highlighted the library community’s efforts to protect the public from government intrusion or censorship in “Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance,” a feature article published today. It has been a longstanding belief in the library community that the possibility of surveillance–whether directly or through access to records of speech, research and exploration–undermines a democratic society. Washington ... Read More »

Representatives Goodlatte and Sensenbrenner to offer reform proposals to the USA PATRIOT Act

The House Judiciary Committee (HJC) held a closed hearing on the morning of September 18th to hear from senior intelligence officials. Reports about the hearing indicate that current HJC Chairperson, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is “convinced that further protections are necessary;” he announced intentions to propose legislation that would bring “more protections.” Apparently, at the same hearing, the author of the ... Read More »

29 Additional Groups Stand for Privacy

This week, 29 additional organizations joined a national coalition demanding Congress initiate a full-scale investigation into the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The civil liberties coalition sent an open letter to Congress calling for a congressional investigative committee. The letter comes even as dozens of groups are organizing a nationwide call-in campaign to demand transparency and an end to the ... Read More »

ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications. “We ... Read More »