Americans were outraged to learn that the NSA has been spying on all of us -- and a federal court ruled just a few days ago that this behavior is illegal. Yet this week Congress stands on the verge of reauthorizing some of the worst parts of the PATRIOT Act for another five years.
Help us push back: Please click here to tell Congress to put an end to mass surveillance.
Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act — that's the authority that the NSA exploits to collect data about almost all of our phone calls — expires on June 1st. This week and next week Congress will take up legislation to extend it.
Investigations into the phone data collection program have made clear that it does not make us safer. It's the project of an unaccountable surveillance agency that makes up its own rules and is never held accountable to the public. It's time to change that.
Please click here to tell Congress to let the PATRIOT Act provisions sunset this month.
While mass surveillance doesn't reduce the threat of terrorism, it poses a severe, ongoing, unacceptable threat to our most cherished rights, the Constitution, and our democracy. With key Patriot Act provisions about to expire, now's our best chance to rein in mass surveillance.
Just click here to tell Congress that it's time to put an end to mass spying on Americans.
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