Surveillance reformers say extending Patriot Act is unacceptable

May 21, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Leading privacy advocates in the House of Representatives urged House Leadership today to stand firm against a short-term extension of Section 215 authority.

The letter, signed by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas), warns that any "vote on a clean authorization of this [Section 215] authority without real reforms would be a disservice to the hundreds of millions of Americans we represent."

Noting that the Second Circuit Court decision has ruled the bulk metadata collection illegal, the members pledged to "not vote to reauthorize this program, even for a short period of time."

Click here for the full text of the letter.

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