One year ago today, Congress allowed one of the worst provisions of the PATRIOT Act to sunset. Section 215 allowed the government to collect vast amounts of data about us without a warrant, including the phone records of virtually everyone in the United States.
The NSA and FBI claimed this dragnet surveillance was necessary to protect us from foreign terrorists, but they could never show how all this surveillance actually kept us safe.
Today, we celebrate the fact that we’ve prevented Congress from re-authorizing Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, but we’re concerned that new efforts are underway to expand surveillance authorities again, in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
We can’t let that happen.
Please tell your members of Congress to oppose reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act and to resist attempts to expand surveillance authorities.
Stay Loud, Stay Strong.
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