ACTION: Urge Congress to Reject Patriot Act Reauthorization
November 17, 2005
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/2005) – CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact their elected representatives and urge them to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Report.
This report is billed as a compromise between different versions of Patriot Act reauthorization approved by the House and Senate. However, none of the reasonable privacy protections contained in the Senate reauthorization bill are in the compromise report.
Without these minimal changes, law enforcement authorities will be allowed to continue unwarranted searches. Given recent revelations of FBI actions, sections 215 and 505 should be amended to require a connection between an individual’s private records and a suspected terrorist.
A bipartisan group of senators said today they will try to block the act’s reauthorization to protest the elimination the Senate-mandated protections against "unnecessary and intrusive government surveillance.”
The House of Representatives will likely vote Friday on this issue. The U.S. Senate will most likely vote within a week.
CONTACT your elected representatives to ask that they vote against the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Report. An e-mail may not be read in time. By calling, you will get the direct attention of a congressional staff person.