NORTHAMPTON, Mass., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Tens of thousands of Americans will phone their members of Congress on Wednesday, January 25, to urge them to repair the USA PATRIOT Act.
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) organized the National Call-In Day in response to a draft PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that its network of grassroots allies nationwide strongly oppose. Dozens of other national organizations are supporting the national call-in day.
A Senate filibuster last month over concerns that the reauthorization bill failed to protect civil liberties temporarily prevented it from becoming law. The House and Senate agreed to extend until February 3rd the 16 PATRIOT Act provisions that would have expired on December 31, 2005. . .
The BORDC, the League of Women Voters, the American Library Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many other groups are urging their members and contacts to make phone calls to their congressional representatives on Wednesday, January 25, to demand safeguards to prevent the FBI from “fishing” through private purchase, medical, and library records without a statement of fact linking persons whose records are sought to a terrorism investigation, and to permit businesses and libraries to pose a meaningful challenge to a FISA Court order or a National Security Letter demanding customer records, among many other changes.
Other organizations supporting the call-in campaign include Alliance for Justice, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Amnesty International USA, Code Pink, Council on American-Islamic Relations, First Amendment Foundation, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Global Exchange, League of United Latin American Citizens, Liberty Coalition, MoveOn.org Political Action, National Lawyers Guild, People For the American Way, Rights Working Group, San Francisco Labor Council, Unitarian Universalist Association, and United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.
The Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 (24 hours). See http://bordc.org for more information.