Wednesday, November 09, 2005

EEF on the Patriot Act Provisions

EFFector Special Action Alert, November 9, 2005


Tomorrow, House and Senate members will likely be meeting to
finalize a bill renewing the USA PATRIOT Act.

We've been fighting to ensure that the extensive powers
granted by the original Act are not expanded and that
controls are placed on its misuse. The Senate version of the
reauthorization bill contains new checks and balances that
will curb the worst excesses of the Act; the House version
does not. Tomorrow?s expected "conference" between selected
Senate and House members will decide which becomes law.

This is your last chance to push for the Senate reforms to be
included in the final bill?and to call for new controls on
"National Security Letters," which the Washington Post
reported last week have been widely used to spy on ordinary

Time is short: please call your representative and senators
now. Ask them to urge the conference members to preserve the
reforms in the Senate Bill.

Click on the link below to visit EFF's Action Center, where
you will find the phone numbers to call and suggestions on
what to tell your elected officials. It will take less than
five minutes of your day and could make all the difference.

Thanks for your help,

The EFF Activism Team

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