ACLU backs SAFE legislation to amend Patriot Act

From the ACLU:

Several Members of Congress will soon introduce bipartisan legislation to fix problems in the Patriot Act without weakening any of the new authority it provided to fight terrorism.  This legislation — the Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act — would surgically add key checks and balances, like court review, on some of the Patriot Act provisions most prone to abuse.

Urge your Members of Congress to support new bipartisan legislation that would fix flaws in the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act passed a mere 45 days after the Sept. 11 attacks with virtually no debate or discussion. Now, thanks to this act and other Bush Administration actions, the government has significant new powers to conduct secret searches and gather information without proper judicial review.

The government has not been shy to use these new powers. In 2003, for the first time in history, the American government used more secret intelligence wiretaps — which have fewer checks against potential abuse — than criminal wiretaps. Concerned that the government is using its secret intelligence powers to circumvent the Constitution, several Members of Congress will introduce the SAFE Act to help ensure that the government does not abuse its counter-terrorism powers.

Take Action! Urge your Members of Congress to fix flaws in the Patriot Act and help keep America safe and free.

Click here for more information and to contact your Members of Congress:

http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm

Also, later this week, look for an invitation to help in our campaign to protect cable television from new and unfair restrictions. Would “Sex and the City” be sexy without the sex?

Author: benfell

David Benfell holds a Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He earned a M.A. in Speech Communication from CSU East Bay in 2009 and has studied at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is an anarchist, a vegetarian ecofeminist, a naturist, and a Taoist.

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