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From: Matt Howes, National Internet Organizer, ACLU To: ACLU Action Network Members Date: July 22, 2003
1) Support the Freedom to Read
Under the USA PATRIOT Act, FBI gained the power to search your library and book-buying records without probable cause of any crime or intent to commit a crime. It also stops librarians and booksellers from telling you that this search has even occurred.
The FBI has been aggressively using these new powers without providing Congress with explanations about its activities. A University of Illinois survey shows libraries were targeted at least 175 times in the year after 9/11 -- yet the FBI refuses to explain how or why.
In response to these invasions of our civil liberties, a bipartisan group of Representatives have introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill that would restore many key checks and balances. This amendment will be voted on in the coming days and deserves our strong support.
Take Action! Click here for more information and to send a free fax to your Representative:
In a surprise development, the Senate has adopted legislation that would completely block funding for the Pentagon's infamous Terrorism Information Awareness program (formerly known as Total Information Awareness or TIA).
The Senate's ban was adopted as part of the 2004 defense spending bill. To become law and end the program that would indiscriminately track the daily activities of Americans, the ban must survive a joint House-Senate conference committee.
Opposition to the program has been unusually strong from across the political spectrum. Groups as disparate as the American Conservative Union and the ACLU have advocated against the development of this super-snoop system that would inevitably identify thousands of innocent people as potential terrorists. Yet the Bush Administration is threatening a veto of the defense bill if TIA is defunded.
Click here to get more information and send a free fax to your Members of Congress urging them to support a complete ban on TIA:
Quote: silversoul7 said: Under the USA PATRIOT Act, FBI gained the power to search your library and book-buying records without probable cause of any crime or intent to commit a crime. It also stops librarians and booksellers from telling you that this search has even occurred.
Thats fucking brutal! Such methods will only be used to extend control....careful what you sign out!
-------------------- "Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.
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