"PATRIOT" Act Sneak Attack

Surveillance statists have attached a two-year extension of two provisions from the so-called "PATRIOT" Act, Secs. 206 & 215, and Sec. 6001 from the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act into the USA FREEDOM Act (USAFA).

The cloture vote on USAFA could come later this evening, and without your immediate action, the surveillance state could score a huge victory over surveillance reformers with passage of a bill that was intended to rein in the NSA.

Section 215 of the “PATRIOT" Act allows the government to obtain records from a person or entity by making only the minimal showing of their “relevance” to an international terrorism or espionage investigation, whereas the Fourth Amendment requires probably cause – not “relevance.”

Section 206 of the “PATRIOT” Act makes possible John Doe wiretaps, also called “roving wiretaps,” which do not require the government to name the target of the wiretap nor to identify the specific place to be monitored.

Section 6001 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act contains the “lone wolf” provision, which allows the government to surveil non-U.S. persons without evidence tying them to a foreign organization or terrorist organization.

If the Senate invokes cloture on USAFA today, these provisions will be extended without amendment or debate until 2017! 

In 2011, Campaign for Liberty joined with Senator Paul in opposing the reauthorization of these provisions.

Since then, Americans have become even more acutely aware of how the government is abusing their authority and spying on Americans thanks to the Snowden revelations.

Contact both of your senators today at 202-224-3121 and demand they vote NO on cloture on the USA FREEDOM Act until any extension of the so-called "PATRIOT" Act and IRTPA provisions are removed.

Senator Paul is leading the charge to rally opposition to today's vote. Tell your senators to #StandWithRand and oppose cloture on USAFA until the extension of these sections are removed.  

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