As you know, last evening the House passed a “compromise” USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, HR 6172. While we applaud the useful reforms the bill contains, in two crucial respects the bill fails to achieve its purpose of protecting the privacy rights of ordinary Americans, not just politicians. Fortunately, these shortcomings can be corrected by incorporating into the Committee bill two specific provisions of the Lee-Leahy bill (S.321) that was introduced in the Senate on Monday.
We believe all Senators of both parties should insist (at a minimum) on the addition of these two provisions from the Lee-Leahy bill before voting or agreeing to vote in favor of the House bill. These provisions will ensure that the bill provides meaningful protection for the privacy rights of all Americans, not just the privileged few who serve in or campaign for federal office.
PPSA is a nonpartisan organization of U.S. citizens who seek greater protection of our privacy and civil liberties. www.protectprivacynow.org
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