[Libs-Or] INFORMATION: House passes flawed USA FREEDOM Act; summer fight looms in Senate

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu May 22 23:28:49 PDT 2014


House passes flawed USA FREEDOM Act; summer fight looms in Senate
Posted on May 22, 2014 by Adam Eisgrau

By a vote of 303 – 121 <http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll230.xml>, the
House of Representatives today passed a version of the USA FREEDOM Act
(H.R. 3361) *intended* to end the “dragnet”-style collection of Americans’
phone records by the government, but which even many of its principal
authors and sponsors acknowledged did not go far enough to protect
citizens’ privacy. As a result, the American Library Association and many
of its coalition partners issued strong statements acknowledging that,
while this may have been a useful first step on the road to restoring
Americans’ privacy lost in the post-911 era, much more needs to be done.
ALA President Barbara Stripling

The House’s action today sends a clear signal that the wholesale collection
of Americans’ phone records in the interest of national security is
fundamentally un-American, unacceptable and unlawful. Unfortunately, the
version of the USA FREEDOM Act voted on today was just a shadow of the one
introduced in the House. ALA calls on the Senate to restore the important
privacy protections stripped at the last minute from the House’s bill, and
to go further to truly protect all of our civil rights. For our more than
57,000 members, that fight starts today.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has vowed to bring
a stronger version of the USA FREEDOM Act before the Committee this summer.
Sign up now with ALA’s Legislative Action
Center<http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/register?1&m=20147>for important
alerts on this critical legislation!


*Diedre Conkling*

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