The USA Freedom Act is not a way to legislate freedom from the U.S. surveillance state. The Surveillance State Repeal Act is.
Click here to let Congress know which one to pass.
Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire, and Congress may simply renew them. Or it may tweak them with the Orwellian-named USA Freedom Act and go right on spying on everybody all the time.
Whistleblowers Kirk Wiebe (NSA), Coleen Rowley (FBI), Ray McGovern (CIA), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), William Binney (NSA), Jesselyn Radack (Justice Department), and Thomas Drake (NSA) support passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act instead.
The Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R.1466), introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), would end the mass surveillance of U.S. citizens under the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, restoring instead the use of the Fourth Amendment's requirement of a search warrant.
The bill would also prevent the government from forcing companies to build flaws into their technology to allow government spying. And it would resist new abuses by making retaliation against whistleblowers a firing offense.
Meanwhile, the minor changes in the USA Freedom Act (H.R.3361), introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would leave the surveillance state largely intact.
Click here to demand real reform.
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The Intercept: Whistleblowers Back "Surveillance State Repeal Act"
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