Thursday, May 28, 2015

Your library card, your business

What does your library card have to do with fighting terrorism? According to section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, even your library records can be spied on. The Patriot Act is a government spying law passed in 2001 that lets law enforcement wiretap and search in secret.
Key provisions of the government’s spying power expire on June 1 – unless Congress acts to reauthorize it or replace it with the watered-down “USA Freedom Act.”
Urge your members of Congress to vote NO on the Patriot Act.
The Patriot Act has set a dangerous precedent that civil liberties don't matter during wartime. And in the 14th year of the "war on terror," it's always wartime.
Security does not have to come at the expense of civil liberties. Call your representative and both of your senators and urge them to vote NO on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 877-429-0678, then ask for your member of Congress by name. (You can find your members of Congress at
Here are some talking points to help you make your call:
  • My name is ______ and I'm from [city, state].
  • Please vote NO on reauthorizing the Patriot Act, and please do NOT replace it with the USA Freedom Act. The Patriot Act sacrifices our civil liberties and should simply expire on June 1.
  • Thank you.
The Patriot Act is one more piece of the "war on terror" that needs to end. Congress should let it expire on June 1.

Diane Randall
Executive Secretary

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