Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Action alert: Reform the Patriot Act - Call Senator Kohl's office today!

Reform the Patriot Act - Call Senator Kohl's office today!

If all goes according to schedule, tomorrow, Senator Kohl and the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will cast votes that could finally fix provisions of the Patriot Act that have undermined our fundamental freedoms for far too long.

It’s urgent that you call Senator Kohl’s office right now and let him know that you support bold action on Patriot Act reform.

Contact Senator Kohl now and urge him to vote for genuine Patriot Act reforms.

As an ACLU lobbyist who has worked on the Patriot Act for more than six years, I can say first-hand how much your calls matter. The Thursday mark-up of Patriot Act legislation in the Judiciary Committee will set the stage for later action in the full Senate. Senator Feingold and nine other Senators have introduced the JUSTICE Act, a very strong bill which effectively reins in many of the out-of-control government powers embedded in the Patriot Act.

It’s absolutely crucial that the legislation that emerges from the Judiciary Committee embraces the strong measures Senator Feingold has put forth. Senator Kohl’s vote could be absolutely essential to the outcome.

Call Senator Kohl now -- and urge him to vote tomorrow for genuine Patriot Act reforms.

It helps us to know how many calls have been made because then we can follow-up with the senator’s office. So, after you make the call, I hope you’ll report back and let us know that you’ve contacted the Senator’s office.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

Michelle Richardson
Legislative Counsel
American Civil Liberties Union

P.S. Here are some of the most crucial elements of the JUSTICE Act -- ones that you should urge Senator Kohl to support tomorrow:
• Protecting the privacy of records by reining in the government’s use of National Security Letters to collect the records of innocent people far removed from an actual terrorism suspect.
• Protecting humanitarian activities by preventing prosecution of people who work with or for charities that give humanitarian aid in good faith to war-torn countries.
• Protecting First Amendment rights by requiring that the government convince a court that a National Security gag order is necessary.
• Protecting privacy of communications by amending last year’s sweeping FISA Amendments Act to better protect Americans' phone calls and emails.