You can still call your Senators and take action!
Nor Cal Truth Feb 14, 2011
The US House of Representatives voted Monday to extend controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
The bill, known as HR 514, will now head to the Senate, which already has three bills of its own pending.
Rep. Nadler (who helped author and pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill) voiced opposition to the Bill:
“I cannot support this extension when the House has done nothing to consider these provisions, or possible reforms, or even to hold a hearing or a markup,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said on the House floor Monday. “While in the past, Members have had the opportunity to receive classified briefings, we have dozens of new Members who have received no such briefings.”
RAW Story further notes:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to the Senate in January that would extend expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act while increasing judicial oversight of government surveillance powers. Another bill, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would extend the provisions for three more years. The third bill, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would make the three provisions permanent.
“It has been nearly a decade since the Patriot Act was passed and our lawmakers still refuse to make any meaningful changes to this reactionary law,” ACLU Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson said in a statement. “The right to privacy from government is a cornerstone of our country’s foundation and Americans must be free from the kind of unwarranted government surveillance that the Patriot Act allows. If Congress cannot take the time to insert the much