Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tell Congress to Support the USA Freedom Act.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Sen. Patrick Leahy just introduced the USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA’s bulk collection of our phone records and require more oversight and transparency of the agency’s domestic surveillance programs.1 Tell Your Members of Congress to Support the USA Freedom Act.
Even Sensenbrenner — one of the Patriot Act’s authors — thinks the NSA has gone too far. This bipartisan bill would prevent the NSA from spying on all of us — limiting the agency to collecting data on actual targets of criminal investigations. And it would mean the end of the NSA’s “back-door” warrantless searches of Americans’ private information.
Tell Congress to Protect Our Privacy and Pass the USA Freedom Act.
The momentum has shifted in our direction. Thousands of people attended Saturday’s Rally Against Mass Surveillance,2 foreign heads of state have expressed outrage over NSA spying — and your emails, phone calls, social-media shares and chats by the watercooler have changed the conversation about government surveillance.
The NSA’s programs — coupled with decades of attacks on the privacy rights of immigrants, communities of color and Muslim Americans — mean that we’re all living in a culture of surveillance.
Local and federal agencies track our phone calls and mine our Internet use. They use race and religion to target entire communities and track millions of innocent people. And they won’t stop until people from across the country and across the political spectrum unite in opposition.
The USA Freedom Act will go a long way toward restoring our Fourth Amendment rights to connect and communicate in private. At a moment when journalists are under attack like never before and the open Internet is in peril, we need to make sure Congress comes out in support of this bill.
  Making change on this front will take years — but passing this bill is the first step.
Thanks for all that you do,
Josh, Matt, Candace and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team
P.S. The Free Press Action Fund fights every day to protect your privacy. We don’t take money from business, government or political parties and rely on the generosity of people like you to fuel our work. Please donate $15 (or more!) today. Thank you!

1. “Leahy and Sensenbrenner Join to Introduce USA Freedom Act,” Oct. 29, 2013: www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-and-sensenbrenner-join-to-introduce-usa-freedom-act
2. “Rally Against Mass Surveillance,” rally.stopwatching.us
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