[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [ALA-WO:164] Message for PATRIOT Act Conferees]
diedrec at charter.net
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From: "ALAWASH E-MAIL" <ALAWASH at alawash.org>
Date: 2005/08/22 Mon AM 10:45:39 PDT
To: ALA Washington Office Newsline <ala-wo at ala.org>
Subject: [ALA-WO:164] Message for PATRIOT Act Conferees
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 14, Number 83
August 22, 2005
In This Issue: Message for PATRIOT Act Conferees
Please ask your Senators to sign the Dear Conferees letter being
circulated in the Senate by Sen. Craig and Sen. Durbin. To sign on
- or if they have questions - they can contact Brooke Roberts in
Senator Craig's office at 224-1013 or Joseph Zogby in Senator
Durbin's office at 224-2152.
Ask your Representatives to sign the Dear Conferees letter being
circulated by Rep. Sanders and Rep. Otter. To sign on - or if they
have questions - they can contact Rebecca Raiser in Rep. Sanders'
office at 225-4115.
*We urge you to support the bill that the Senate passed and to
sign onto the Dear Conferee letter being circulated by
(Craig/Durbin; Sanders/Otter) to tell the conferees you want the
Senate bill to emerge from conference.
*At a minimum, any bill to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act must
include some factual link between the records sought and a foreign
terrorist investigation under Section 215. The Senate version
takes important steps in this direction; the House version does
not and basically substitutes synonyms for the current law, which
is severely flawed.
*Any effort to add administrative subpoena power (to give the FBI
the power to write its own search orders for any tangible thing,
without court approval) must be rejected.
*The sunset in the Senate version (four years) is preferable to
the House version (ten years, skipping the next president) for
Sections 215 (records searches), even though expiration dates for
more provisions would be preferable.
*If the Senate bill's reforms emerge from the conference, the
PATRIOT Act will be improved, even though more reforms are needed
(like the SAFE Act) to bring it in line with the Constitution. If
the severely flawed House bill emerges from conference, our
privacy and civil liberties will remain at great risk and that
bill will be strongly opposed on the right and the left.
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