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Urge Your Senators to Fix the PATRIOT Act
    #1945911 - 09/23/03 10:06 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

From: Matt Howes, National Internet Organizer, ACLU
To: ACLU Action Network Members
Date: September 23, 2003

We are asking that you take two related actions this week: one urging
the Senate to fix the PATRIOT Act and another asking Congress as a whole
to oppose the expansion of unnecessary surveillance and other police
powers that threaten civil liberties. These actions are necessary because
of an unusual split in Washington -- many in Congress are working to
fix the more dangerous portions of the PATRIOT Act while President Bush,
Attorney General Ashcroft and their allies continue to push for new and
expanded law enforcement powers.

1) Earlier this month, the House voted overwhelmingly during
consideration of an appropriations bill to bar the Justice Department from using
the ?sneak and peek? warrants authorized in the PATRIOT Act. Despite
the 309 to 118 vote in the House against the use of these black bag
searches, the Senate has yet to act.

The Senate is now poised to consider its version of the Justice
Department appropriations measure and needs your support to adopt fixes like
those adopted by the House.

Take Action! Urge your Senators to fix the problems with the PATRIOT
Act, not give the government even more invasive and intrusive police

Click here for more information and to send a free fax to your


2) Oppose New Surveillance Powers

Senator Hatch and other allies of Attorney General Ashcroft are
expected shortly to introduce the so-called ?Victory Act,? a measure that
would make some drug offenses a terrorist crime and allow the government
new latitude in questioning people and demanding personal documents
without court oversight.

This new legislation contains many provisions that were part of the
leaked PATRIOT Act II and that were rejected from the original PATRIOT Act
drafts. This is clearly part of a larger Ashcroft campaign to promote
greater surveillance powers and remove judicial review.

Take Action! Your elected representatives in Congress need to hear that
you support proper checks and balances, not unlimited government

Click here for more information and to send a free fax to your Members
of Congress:



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Re: Urge Your Senators to Fix the PATRIOT Act [Re: silversoul7]
    #1946032 - 09/23/03 10:43 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Thanks. Did it.


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