Recently, comedian John Oliver made an informal but important point on the sheer ridiculousness that is Section 215 of the Patriot Act: the NSA has bended their interpretation of the law to access and monitor the most personal of our everyday communications at a frightening scale.1
But we can put a stop to this illegal and unconstitutional mass surveillance if we get loud this week.
Here's the deal: Congress is back in Washington after a two-week recess, and reauthorization of the Patriot Act is on the agenda. According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the chamber could take up three key sections of the Patriot Act set to expire in June as early as this month2 — including Section 215.
You better believe that the intelligence agencies are going to do everything they can to ensure these provisions are reauthorized. Can you make a phone call to your representative and ask that they vote against reauthorizing Section 215 of the Patriot Act?
Yes, I can make a call.
1. "Government Surveillance" — Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 4/5/15http://act.demandprogress.org/go/1566?t=9&akid=3121.2648864.V7YJr2
2. "House eyes possible early plans to renew Patriot Act" — The Hill, 4/9/15http://act.demandprogress.org/go/1556