Friday, June 03, 2005

The Fight to Stop the Patriot Act Expansion Begins Now

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The Fight to Stop the Patriot Act Expansion Begins Now

The debate around the Patriot Act is approaching a crucial moment of decision. Will we sit back while the Bush Administration sacrifices our liberty, or will we answer freedom's call and help Congress bring the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution?

There are significant flaws in the Patriot Act, flaws that threaten your fundamental freedoms by giving the government the power to access to your medical records, tax records, information about the books you buy or borrow without probable cause, and the power to break into your home and conduct secret searches without telling you for weeks, months, or indefinitely.

Some of these flawed provisions are set to expire at the end of the year. But President Bush wants to make them permanent, and the House and Senate have been holding hearings in preparation for votes that are expected this June and July.

We must not permit this power grab to go unchecked. We have less than two months to stop the Bush Administration's Patriot Act expansion plans.

You have an important role to play in the fight. Your Members of Congress are accountable to you, their constituent. Many of them know that the Patriot Act needs to be fixed, not expanded. And if they have the courage of their convictions, they won't give in to this latest Bush Administration power grab. But they've got to hear from every American who knows that the Patriot Act erodes our fundamental privacy and due process rights.

Defend the Constitution and your own fundamental freedoms by urging Congress to reject an expansion of the Patriot Act.

In the coming weeks we'll be asking for your help to stop these efforts to increase secret government surveillance and search powers. The Patriot Act imposes restrictions on your privacy that no democratic and free society should tolerate. We need you to use your power as a concerned citizen to stop the government from stripping away your rights.

The Patriot Act's extreme powers do not have to be a fact of life. We can make sure many of its infamous provisions expire at the end of this year. We have an opportunity to stop Congress from expanding secret government surveillance and removing proper checks and balances.

What can you do?

Refuse to Surrender Your Freedom right now by clicking here to send an email to your Members of Congress. Tell them you oppose the Patriot Act's expansion.

Next week we are going to be asking you to call to your Members of Congress on this issue. Together we are going to "light up the phones" in Congress and make our voices heard.

What can you do if you really care about this issue?

Want to help organize local events or work with organizers to raise awareness about the Patriot Act? Fill out this form and let us know how you'd like to get more involved.

You can also support the ACLU's work on this issue. By becoming a member or making a donation, you help us pay for ads and other public education materials that help raise awareness about this critical issue. Please give your support now.

Have you talked to your friends and neighbors about the Patriot Act? Check out our talking points and issue materials and learn more about how to share your concern with others and mobilize your local community or your friends online.

How does all this help?

We know that there is widespread opposition to Patriot Act. When we speak out and communicate this opposition to our elected officials, they notice. Members of Congress from across the political spectrum have their own doubts about the Patriot Act and in light of the growing bipartisan opposition, these leaders will see that they cannot support this flawed legislation.

Public outcry has helped us stop legislation and other government actions in the past. It is up to us to use our power again. Just last month the Senate Intelligence Committee responded public pressure by holding an unplanned public hearing on the Patriot Act. We must keep pushing for Congress to make the right choices.

Through public pressure and aggressive lobbying, we are going to put such pressure on Congress that they will be forced to stop attempts to expand the Patriot Act. What the Patriot Act needs is the common sense and reasonable fixes the ACLU has endorsed, not expansion.

Every Member of Congress will be able to vote on this issue. Your action will help us stop the Patriot Act's expansion. Click here to write your Members of Congress today.

June 2, 2005

Urge your Members of Congress to Stop Expansion of the Patriot Act

Recent Success Stories

In hundreds of communities across the country, concerned residents are taking a stand to prevent the erosion of their freedoms under the PATRIOT Act. Local resolutions, such as one passed in Sitka Alaska, have called attention to this issue and Congress is taking notice. >>Learn more

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