CAIR Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Bills Aimed at Patriot Act Reauthorization
CAIR yesterday joined a coalition of more than 50 civil society organizations in letter addressed to Senate leadership in opposition to Senators Burr and Feinstein’s respectively drafted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Improvements Act of 2015 and the FISA Reform Act of 2015, proposals that fail to properly address overbroad surveillance activities, and would weaken privacy, civil liberties, and the digital economy.
Both bills contain flaws and omissions that are incompatible with the goal of stopping domestic bulk collection under section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which is set to expire at 12:00 am on June 1. These bills also authorize the government to impose a data retention mandate on private businesses, a privacy-threatening measure that is unnecessary and unacceptable.
The letter concludes by asking the Senate to let Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expire without any further interference. To read the letter, click here.