I am sorry if it seems like I am repeating myself… but I need to ask you to take action against mass surveillance again, even though we just did this in December.
Here’s what happened, and why we need to take action again:
Section 702 (which gives the NSA mass internet surveillance authority) was set to sunset at the end of 2017, but Congress kicked the can down the road in December by extending it for a month. At the time, we called it a victory because a dangerous bill to reauthorize and expand 702 was defeated.
Well, guess what?
On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.139), a terrible bill proposed by the Intelligence Committee that will not only extend Section 702’s vast surveillance powers for another 6 years, but also explicitly gives the FBI permission to sift through the data collected, including the communications of U.S. persons, without a warrant.
We have to stop this bill!
It could be voted on as early as this afternoon, so I need to ask you to make a phone call (gasp!).
See below for the phone number and suggested script.
But wait, there’s more!
Our allies in the House have proposed an amendment that will rein in the worst abuses of 702, including shutting down that “backdoor loophole” that the FBI has been exploiting for years. The amendment, whose main sponsor is Rep. Amash (R- MI), would stop the FBI from digging through the massive 702 databases for information about U.S. persons without a warrant. This is basic Fourth Amendment stuff, yet many in Congress object to it. The amendment institutes some other necessary reforms, but in the end, it still extends Section 702 for another 4 years. It’s not perfect, but we do need to make sure this amendment passes so that if the base bill passes, we’ll at least prevent the FBI fishing expeditions.
Ask your Representative to support the Amash amendment!
[If you can’t make a phone call, use our email tool, but remember that phone calls are the most effective means of communication!]
How to call your Representative:
Dial the House Switchboard: 202-224-3121
You will be asked to choose “2” to be connected to your Representative, then asked to enter your zip code so you can be connected to the right office. When you reach your Representative’s office, the message is simple:
“I want my Representative to oppose the FISA Amendments Reauthorization (S139), and support the Amash amendment.”