[Libs-Or] ACTION: Ask Your Senator for More Debate on Privacy Bill

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 16:18:40 PST 2012


Ask Your Senator for More Debate on Privacy Bill
Posted on December 13, 2012 by TWegner

[image: We the People]<http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/we_the_people.png>Please
contact both of your
soon as possible to request that the Senate take time before voting on
re-authorization of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) during this Congress.

ALA asks all senators<http://capwiz.com/ala/issues/alert/?alertid=62247256&PROCESS=Take+Action>to
support a group of their bipartisan colleagues including Senators Ron
Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT), who are asking for more
time for the Senate to debate and consider amendments that would increase
privacy protections and add transparency requirements. The FAA is due to
sunset at the end of the year, so many in the Senate want to move quickly
and just reauthorize it without any debate or consideration of amendments.

Please head to the Legislative Action
write your senators and ask them to ask their senate leadership to
schedule time for debate and full consideration of reform proposals from
Senators Wyden, Paul and Lee. Do not merely reauthorize the FAA as it
currently stands. Reforms to better protect the public from warrantless
wiretaps are necessary now.

This action is important to the library community because of our long
standing principles of patron privacy and more recent concerns about online
privacy and Internet freedoms for our patrons and the general public.

*Background: *The FAA is the 2008 law that, among other things, legalized
the Bush administration's warrant-less wiretapping program. Congress must
now reauthorize the FAA before the January 1, 2013. ALA is one of many
organizations that continue to seek reform to the FAA and to urge that the
warrantless wiretap provision include judicial review to obtain warrants.
As it did in 2008, ALA opposes the warrantless wiretap program because the
public is at risk of being needlessly spied upon with little or no legal
recourse, as the law reads now.

Many organizations, including
the American Civil Liberties
and the Electronic Frontier
have signed onto a letter being sent to the Senate urging them to slow down
and consider reforms. While the time is very short, there is time for the
Senate to address these issues in FAA. Merely extending the existing FAA
continues threaten the privacy rights of the American public.


*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

 "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change
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