Tuesday, June 2, 2015

USA Freedom Act is going to take away your freedoms

From The Daily KOS:

In a major capitulation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given up trying to extend the Patriot Act. Instead, he has agreed to bring the USA Freedom Act to the floor of the Senate, which he had previously refused to do.

The USA Freedom Act is a flawed bill, but it is better than the Patriot Act, as it contains some reforms to the NSA's mass surveillance programs.

But McConnell has a new plan. At 2:00 PM eastern TODAY the U.S. Senate will vote on a series of amendments designed to further weaken the USA Freedom Act by undercutting many of its reforms.

That includes extending the program of mass surveillance on every American citizen for another year, keeping important court decisions secret, and weakening a requirement that the court consult with a group of experts to discuss privacy problems in any of the court's orders.

Before the votes start, we need you to call your U.S. senators and urge them to vote NO on all attempts to weaken our civil liberties. You can use the website and sample script you see below:

Contact your Senators

Sample phone script

Please vote NO on all amendments designed to erode our civil liberties by weakening the USA Freedom Act. Spying on citizens and unchecked mass surveillance are unacceptable.

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