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Action Alert! Ask Senate to amend PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill, S 1038

S 1038, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, may be voted on soon, before the May 27th sunset date.  The bill sets the new expiration date of 2015 for three provisions—Section 215 known as the “library provision,” the roving wire taps and the lone wolf.  The American Library Association (ALA) opposes this bill without amendment.

ALA does support the following amendments:

  • Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to return Section 215 to its pre-2001 form and protect the privacy of library users is ideal.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy and Rand Paul’s amendment to add reforms from Senator Leahy’s bill, S 193, is good because it includes improved reader privacy protections.
  •  If nothing else, amend the bill to include a sunset in 2013, rather than 2015, to allow for meaningful debate on these issues to occur sooner.

For more details on these amendments and ALA’s endorsement, please see the District Dispatch posting for details on why ALA supports this change.

Please contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin asking for their support of these amendments.  Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Action Alert! Ask Congress to support PATRIOT Act reforms; House & Senate bills pass out of committee

HR 1800, which was just introduced last Friday, passed out of the Judiciary Committee today with no amendments.  This bill would reauthorize the “John Doe” wiretap and Section 215, or “library provision,” until 2017, as well as make the “lone wolf” provision permanent.  It would allow for very little oversight of government authority in these areas for the next six years.  For more information on HR 1800, see the District Dispatch posting.

S 193 is the Senate bill which is more favorable for libraries and public privacy.  It passed out of committee in early March, but has not been voted on yet by the full Senate.  For more information on this bill, see the District Dispatch posting.

The USA PATRIOT Act is set to expire on May 27th.  It is not clear if and when HR 1800 or S 193 may make it to the floor for a vote.  Regardless, it is important to contact members of the House and Senate now to support PATRIOT Act reforms.  A Capwiz Action Alert has been set up, with a pre-written letter, to facilitate contact with Congress.

Thank you in advance for any advocacy assistance you can provide!

Senate Committee approves amended PATRIOT Act

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S 193), to reauthorize three provisions of the PATRIOT Act, including Section 215, the “library provision.”  The amendment requires that the government show a connection to terrorism or espionage before obtaining library or bookstore records.  Additionally, the National Security Letters will have a sunset.

The bill will now move to the Senate floor.  The current extension expires on May 27, 2011.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

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