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House to vote to make "PATRIOT" Act provisions permanent:

if you care about this issue, call NOW!
Send an e-mail message by going to

Better yet, call your representative.  The U.S. Capitol switchboard number
is 202-224-3121.

We are forwarding to you email alerts from The Liberty Committee and from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

-----Original Message-----
From: The Liberty Committee
[mailto:[email protected]]

Tomorrow afternoon, the U.S. House will vote on the conference report to
H.R. 3199 to make permanent 14 of the 16 provisions of the so-called Patriot
Act.  The true patriotic act would be for the U.S. House to say "no" and let
those un-American provisions die.

Numerous groups -- conservative and liberal; Republican and Democratic --
oppose H.R. 3199.  Groups such as Gun Owners of America, American
Conservative Union and Americans for Tax Reform want the U.S. House to vote
"no" on H.R. 3199, as does the American Civil Liberties Union.

There's even bipartisan opposition in the U.S. Senate.  Republican Senator
Larry Craig of Idaho and Democratic Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin
have threatened to filibuster H.R. 3199 should the House pass it.

Patriot Act, un-American?  You bet.  For example, the Patriot Act violates
our constitutional standard of probable cause for search and seizure.
Section 215 allows the federal government to seize library records and
records of firearms sales.  That shatters your Fourth Amendment protections.

Gun Owners of America warns, "These records would be obtained from gun
dealers, who are required by law to keep the gun purchase records (4473
forms).  Thus an anti-gun administration could then easily compile gun
owners registration lists -- an enterprise which has often been a prelude to
gun confiscation.

"Of course, more than just your gun purchase records are at stake.
Financial and medical records, library records and much more are also open
to FBI fishing expeditions.  They don't have to get any prior approval from
any court."  That's unconstitutional.

Threat Level to Gun Ownership:  Orange (high)
Threat Level to Personal Privacy:  Red (severe)

But these aren't the only un-American provisions in the so-called Patriot
Act.  If the House approves H.R. 3199 tomorrow, the U.S. Secret Service will
continue to do more than physically protect the president and others.  A
reauthorized Patriot Act would "make major changes to the criminal statutes
administered by the Secret Service and could seriously damage the free
speech rights of all Americans."  (Press Release, ACLU, 12/12/05)

Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU warns, "If this provision is adopted, our
precious First Amendment would be significantly curtailed.  The Secret
Service already has broad authority to stifle dissent at events where
high-ranking public officials appear.

"This little-noticed provision, contained in legislation meant to
reauthorize the Patriot Act, would give the Secret Service effective power
to enact 'exclusion zones' even without the attendance of the president or
other Secret Service protectee."

So, express a dissenting opinion by holding a sign or saying the "wrong"
words to a politician you don't like and you could be committing a felony
punishable by one year in prison.

Threat Level to Free Speech:  Red (severe)

The so-called Patriot Act is un-American.  Urge your U.S. representative to
vote "no" on H.R. 3199.

Send an e-mail message by going to

Better yet, call your representative.  The U.S. Capitol switchboard number
is 202-224-3121.

Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee

From: Bill of Rights Defense Committee [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 8:19 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: UPDATE: Sen. Reid supports filibuster! Call your Senators now!



As PATRIOT Act reauthorization approaches its 12/31 deadline, and the White House is pressuring Congress to pass the inadequate "compromise" reauthorization bill (
Conference Report), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated his support for a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate. Read Battle over Patriot Act renewal heats up on eve of House vote.

If you have already called or faxed your Representative and Senators about this issue, thank you! If you haven't yet made calls, now is the time to call your Senators.

The House will take up PATRIOT Act reauthorization today (Wednesday). Seven House members (Representatives John Conyers, Jr., John Dingell, Howard Berman, Jerrold Nadler, Bobby Scott, Zoe Lofgren, and Barney Frank) have introduced "legislation to extend the PATRIOT Act in its current form for three months so that the conferees may go back to negotiations and issue a report that protects our citizens' civil liberties." The Senate plans to consider reauthorization this Friday, 12/16.

What to do:

Our best chance to derail the conference report is in the Senate. Please call the Washington offices of both your Senators no later than Thursday, 12/15. (Look up their phone numbers via
www.senate.gov.) Tell the person who answers the phone that, regarding the PATRIOT Act reauthorization conference report, you want the Senator to:

  • Vote NO on cloture and SUPPORT a filibuster.
  • Vote YES for a three-month continuing resolution.
  • Vote NO on the conference report (if it comes to a vote).

Please pay special attention to Senators who have not yet indicated how they will vote. Please call and thank the leaders of the Senate fight against the conference report. (See two lists of senators below.)

Talking points:

  • Resolutions defending civil liberties and criticizing the PATRIOT Act have been passed in the following communities in our state: [find list of 400 resolutions at http://bordc.org/list.php?sortAlpha=1].
  • The conference report fails to ensure a connection between records sought under section 215 and a suspected terrorist, unlike the bipartisan compromise bill that the Senate passed unanimously.
  • The conference report expands National Security Letter (NSL) powers. Any business that does not comply with an NSL could face criminal penalties.
  • The conference report creates only illusory rights to challenge orders for records and gag orders. Businesses receiving requests for records would have only limited rights to challenge orders for records in court. If the recipient challenges a gag order, the court must treat the government’s assertion of national security, diplomatic relations, or an ongoing criminal investigation as conclusive.

For more talking points, go to http://www.bordc.org/newsletter/expandedpoints2.php.

Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 413-582-0110
Fax: 413-582-0116

Senators who have not yet indicated how they plan to vote:

Alaska: Ted Stevens (202) 224-3004
Arkansas: Blanche Lincoln (202) 224-4843 and Mark Pryor (202) 224-2353
Connecticut: Joseph Lieberman (202) 224-4041
Delaware: Thomas Carper (202) 224-2441
Florida: Bill Nelson (202) 224-5274
Idaho: Mike Crapo (202) 224-6142
Indiana: Evan Bayh (202) 224-5623 and Richard Lugar (202) 224-4814
Kansas: Sam Brownback (202) 224-6521
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu (202) 224-5824
Maine: Susan Collins (202) 224-2523 and Olympia Snowe (202) 224-5344
Montana: Conrad Burns (202) 224-2644 and Max Baucus (202) 224-2651
North Dakota: Kent Conrad (202) 224-2043 and Byron Dorgan (202) 224-2551
Nebraska: Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551 and Chuck Hagel (202) 224-4224
New York: Charles Schumer (202) 224-6542 and Hillary Clinton (202) 224-4451
Ohio: Michael DeWine (202) 224-2315 and George Voinovich (202) 224-3353
Oklahoma: Tom Coburn (202) 224-5754
Oregon: Gordon Smith (202) 224-3753
Rhode Island: Lincoln Chafee (202) 224-2921
South Dakota: Tim Johnson (202) 224-5842
Virginia: George Allen (202) 224-4024
West Virginia: Robert Byrd (202) 224-3954

Senators who are leading the fight against conference report:

Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (202) 224-6665
Colorado: Ken Salazar (202) 224-5852
Florida: Mel Martinez (202) 224-3041
Idaho: Larry Craig (202) 224-2752
: Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152
Edward Kennedy (202) 224-4543
Michigan: Carl Levin (202) 224-6221
Nevada: Harry Reid (202) 224-3542
New Hampshire: John Sununu (202) 224-2841
Vermont: Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242
West Virginia: Jay Rockefeller (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin: Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323