[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [ALA-WO:201] Vote NO on the PATRIOT cloture vote and conference report]
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Fri Dec 9 10:12:00 PST 2005
From: "ALAWASH E-MAIL" <ALAWASH at alawash.org>
Date: 2005/12/09 Fri AM 09:12:06 PST
To: ALA Washington Office Newsline <ala-wo at ala.org>
Subject: [ALA-WO:201] Vote NO on the PATRIOT cloture vote and conference report
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 14, Number 121
Date: December 8, 2005
In This Issue: Vote NO on the PATRIOT cloture vote and conference report
House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on Thursday, December
08, 2005, to extend the USA PATRIOT Act. The agreement would extend for
four years - until 2009-- Sec. 215 of the PATRIOT Act's -- permitting
secret warrants for books, records and other items from businesses,
hospitals and organizations such as libraries. No changes were made to
the standards for obtaining these orders, nor for those for obtaining
National Security Letters. Section 505 of the PATRIOT Act, authorizing
NSLs, still has no sunset.
Please let your Senators know that you are deeply disappointed that the
conference committee made so few changes to the House conference report.
We appreciate that the conference report would now sunset Section 215 of
the PATRIOT Act in 4 years (instead of 7 years, as in the language
circulated before Thanksgiving) but this change is not sufficient to
protect the privacy of library users from fishing expeditions by the
Six senators (3 Republican, 3 Democratic) are committed to filibustering
the House conference report when it comes to the Senate. A cloture vote
will be called to force the end of the filibuster.
Ask your Senators to vote NO on the cloture vote and NO on the House
conference report when it comes to the Senate floor.
Senators Durbin, Feingold, Craig, Sununu, and Salazar said today: "We
still can - and must - make sure that our laws give law enforcement
agents the tools they need while providing safeguards to protect the
constitutional rights of all Americans." We agree and they need your
assistance to prevail.
To contact your Members of Congress visit ALA's online Legislative
Action Center located at< http://capwiz.com/ala/home/ >
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