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Say No to New PATRIOT Spying Powers!


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#1 spy1

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 10:32 AM

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"The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently considering a draft bill that would not only renew the USA PATRIOT Act's worse provisions, but would also expand the government's power to secretly demand the private records of people who aren't suspected of any crime - without a judge's approval.

The Justice Department already has dangerously broad subpoena powers under the USA PATRIOT Act. PATRIOT Section 215 allows intelligence investigators to demand all kinds of private records about citizens who aren't suspected of spying or terrorism. PATRIOT Section 505, meanwhile, expanded the government's ability to use "National Security Letters" to secretly obtain data on private online and financial activities without court oversight or probable cause.

The new bill not only makes these highly controversial provisions permanent, it marries the worst aspects of the two, allowing new "administrative subpoenas" in national security cases that would let the government secretly demand all types of records without a judge's permission.

The Justice Department tried to get this super-charged subpoena power inserted into PATRIOT back in 2001. But even in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Congress refused to allow this kind of unchecked surveillance power.

If you are a resident of Kansas, Utah, Ohio, Missouri, Maine, Nebraska, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, California, Oregon, Indiana, Maryland, or New Jersey, your senator is on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Contact them below."

Folks, this is happening right now, so it is very important that - if you live in one of the states mentioned above - you contact your Reps via the included mechanism in that page right now!

It's so like them to do this kind of thing right before a holiday weekend, when everyone's more concerned with holiday plans. Please don't let that tactic result in passage of this! Pete
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
--George Washington

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:14 AM

ACLU ALERT on same issue

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 01:13 PM

PhaseII

I was a little dis-appointed that the only ones who could respond to that alert were the people who were constitutents of the Intelligence sub-committee members involved, so this morning I got up and got busy.

I went to this site: http://intelligence....gov/members.htm and copied all the names of the Senator's involved, then got their FAX numbers from here (or their websites): http://www.theorator.com/senate.html

Roberts - 202-224-3514
Hatch - 202-224-6331
Dewine - 202-224-6519
Lott - 202-224-2262
Snowe - 202-224-1946*
Hagel - 202-224-5213
Levin - 202-224-1388*
Feinstein - 202-228-3954
Mikulski - 202-224-8858
Corzine - 202-228-2197
Frist - 202-228-1264
Reid - 202-224-7327
Warner - 202-224-6295
Rockefeller - 202-224-7665
Bayh - 202-228-1377*
Bond - 202-224-8149
Wyden - 202-228-2717*
Chambliss - 202-224-0103

(Got either "A FAX didn't answer" or a busy signal with the ones marked with the * ).

And I got on my little HP all-in-one and sent every one of them the following note:

"Dear Senator,
I write to let you know that YOU swore to UPHOLD the Constitution - NOT side-step or help DESTROY it.

In light of that, you cannot in good conscience support the current regime's demand for expanded Patriot Act powers that would effectively out-right destroy/gut the 4th Amendment.

You can not, also, vote for anything BUT repeal of all the "Patriot" Act provisions that are due to sunset this December.

Do I live in your state? No. Do I have friends/family in your state? Yes. Are they all increasingly concerned with Constitutional and Bill of Rights issues and watching this closely and using it as a key deciding factor in how to vote next time around? YES.

Do THEY all have friends, relatives and neighbors whom they are getting interested in these types of issues?

You can take it to the bank.

We're watching."

(Feel free to c&p that one if you like). If you get some slow time while you're on the computer this weekend - drop them a line! Pete
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
--George Washington

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 04:03 PM

Senate Committee Fails to Approve Expanded FBI Authority

http://www.epic.org/...iot/sunset.html

"In a closed meeting yesterday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence did not reach consensus on legislation that would reauthorize sunsetting provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and increase the FBI's investigative powers. EPIC had urged the committee in a statement to carefully consider each sunsetting provision of the USA PATRIOT Act before voting to reauthorize, and not to expand the FBI's investigative powers unless the agency can show a need for more authority. EPIC also joined more than twenty organizations opposing an expansion of FBI authority to allow the law enforcement agency to demand records in national security investigations with no judicial approval. For more information, see EPIC's USA PATRIOT Act page."

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