The Campaign for Reader Privacy needs your help! (information courtesy of The Campaign for Reader Privacy).
Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 13), the House of Representatives' Judiciary and Intelligence committees will separately consider legislation that reauthorizes the expiring sections of the USA PATRIOT Act, including Section 215.
It is critical to contact members of both committees today.
While we won an important battle last month, when the House voted to block funds for bookstore and library searches under Section 215, we said at the time that the real fight would be over the reauthorization. The bill pending before the Judiciary Committee, H.R. 3199, extends all of the expiring PATRIOT Act sections and must pass before the end of the year. As to the Intelligence Committee, we have not even been able to see the bill that will be reviewed tomorrow, and the meeting is being held in secret.
If you want to see changes in the Patriot Act, contact the members of these two committees today. Names and phone numbers are in the next section. House members who voted for the Freedom to Read Amendment, which cuts off funds for PATRIOT Act searches of bookstores and libraries, are indicated by an asterisk(*).