Urge Your Senators To Oppose Compromising Civil Liberties
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #488
URGE YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE COMPROMISING CIVIL LIBERTIES
Senate expected to cast final Patriot Act vote Wednesday
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/28/2006) - CAIR is urging American Muslims and other people of conscience to ask their senators to vote against the current USA Patriot Act Reauthorization compromise. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 69-30 to end debate on reauthorization and to bring a House-Senate compromise to a final vote 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Associated Press reports: "Those who support the bill acknowledge lingering civil liberties concerns, including its sponsor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa."
The compromise bill fails to protect your privacy. Under this compromise, government agents can still use National Security Letters (NSL) to obtain personal records without demonstrating any connection between those records and a terror suspect.
A gag order, requiring an NSL recipient to tell no one - including his or her lawyer - that he or she received it, can now be challenged. Unfortunately, this legislative fix is undermined by a requirement that a reviewing court accept the government's certification of the gag order as "conclusive."
Given the recent revelations of NSA wiretapping and FBI monitoring of mosques, it is clear that greater oversight of our government is a priority. CAIR has joined a legal challenge against the NSA wiretapping program.
SEE: CAIR Joins Legal Challenge to NSA Eavesdropping
"Both America's national security and traditions of liberty must be protected," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This compromise does not achieve that goal."
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1) CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS and ask them to ensure that any deal on the Patriot Act includes meaningful civil liberties modifications.
TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS, GO TO (Talking Points are provided for you at the web site linked below.): http://capwiz.com/cair/callalert/index.tt?alertid=8526851&type=CO
2) PUT YOUR CELL PHONE TO GOOD USE. Call all of your friends and family members and ensure that they contact their elected officials. Act as a facilitator. You can enter their zip code into our website at http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/ and get the names and contact information of their Senators.
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