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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Sign Udall's Reform the Patriot Act petition.
These are the facts: The National Security Agency knows who you call, how long you talk to them, and when you make the call.
Nearly two months ago the country learned that the NSA is vacuuming up the telephone records from millions of Americans. We must responsibly end the government’s dragnet phone records collection.
As a member of the U.S. Senate's intelligence committee, I've said for
many years that protecting our nation from terrorist attacks is of
paramount importance. But I've also said that government overreach risks
violating our constitutional rights to privacy and hasn’t proved
indispensable in protecting our country from acts of terrorism.
That's why I’m leading the effort in the Senate calling on the
administration to cease its bulk collection of our phone records.
Instead, the administration should follow the same investigative
procedures as the FBI and local police — obtaining records through the
phone company with a court warrant after showing a link to terrorism or
you sign on as a citizen co-sponsor to my bill to require the NSA to
demonstrate a link to terrorism or espionage before collecting an
American’s phone records? Click here to join in.
Last weekend myself and my colleague Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) penned a joint op-ed in The Washington Post — calling on the administration to end its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. And on Sunday, I appeared on Face the Nation to continue my call for reform.
We’re seeing support for reform grow significantly since I drafted
legislation to narrow the focus of the government's program to collect
Americans' phone records under the PATRIOT Act. And not just in the U.S.
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives came very close
to passing legislation to limit the NSA phone collection program last
week. There were votes on both sides of the aisle to rein in this
overly-broad program. True bipartisanship.
But we don’t have the votes yet to bring the necessary change to this
program. We now need to build enough public support to reform the NSA’s
program and urge more members of the House and the Senate to join our
push to make the intelligence community more accountable. Please sign my petition and become a citizen co-sponsor to end the NSA’s bulk collecting of phone records.
I applaud the President for saying he welcomes a discussion on this
issue — balancing our nation’s security with our individual
constitutional rights. As the conversation continues, it’s important to have your voice heard.
Thanks for your support on this critical issue,