[Libs-Or] ACTION: New Freedom Act could reform PATRIOT Act

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 11:53:23 PDT 2013


New Freedom Act could reform PATRIOT Act
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Lynne Bradley

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner
(R-WI) introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would place restrictions
on bulk phone and internet government surveillance, and permit companies to
make public the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters
received. This bicameral piece of legislation would rewrite section 215 of
the Patriot Act--also called the "library provision"--and impose new limits
on section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The bill would also require the government itself to make additional
disclosures about the intelligence surveillance it conducts. The
legislation would also establish a process for declassifying significant
opinions issued by the FISA Court and create an Office of the Special
Advocate charged with protecting privacy at the FISA Court.

As of this writing, the legislation appears to have a high level of
bipartisan support from both chambers--according to a
Sen. Leahy, the bill has more than 70 bipartisan cosponsors in the
House and 16 cosponsors in the Senate. Many of the cosponsors, including
legislators Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Lee Terry,
(R-NE), voted "no" on the defeated Amash amendment in July.

*Help put a stop to warrantless surveillance.* Please ask both
representative and senators to cosponsor this important legislation.
If they have, please call and thank them for bringing more transparency and
oversight to these spying programs.


*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>

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