EFFector Special Action Alert, November 15, 2005 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FINAL PATRIOT VOTE IS HERE --
TELL CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ON PATRIOT RENEWAL
The House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on a bill to renew the USA PATRIOT Act. A Senate vote is expected before the week it out. Now is the time to call your senator and representatives and say "No!" to PATRIOT renewal.
The final conference process for PATRIOT reauthorization has gone very badly for those attempting to reform the bill. Growing concerns in the House, and key compromises agreed in the Senate have all been ignored. Indeed, the draft bill obtained by EFF actually makes some PATRIOT powers worse:
* "National Security Letters", which the Washington Post reveals have been used to spy on tens of thousands of
ordinary Americans, have been strengthened. New criminal penalties have been added for NSL recipients who try to speak
about their experience.
* The draft bill jettisons the four-year time limits on several PATRIOT powers,replacing them with longer, seven-year
"sunset" clauses. All other PATRIOT powers that were set to expire this year will be renewed without any time limit.
* Some politicians, confident that no one would dare vote against PATRIOT, have added their own irrelevant amendments:
piggybacking other unpopular reforms onto this terrible bill.
This bill flouts the growing concern in Congress with the documented abuses of the prior version of the Patriot Act and the flawed process of PATRIOT reauthorization. They're growing restless on Capitol Hill: one more call could be enough to start a rebellion in both Houses.
Time is short: sources say the PATRIOT vote will be rushed through in the next few days. Please call your representative and senators now. Ask them vote "no" on the PATRIOT reauthorization act.
Please visit our Action Center at the link below. It will give you the phone numbers to call, and suggestions on what to tell your elected official. https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?al
Learn more about the bill, and its new problems, see: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/0
Thanks for your help and determination,
The EFF Activism Team.