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Since being signed into law in November 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act has given the government the capability of spying on its citizens in a fashion that is far beyond constitutional, or even what its original author intended.
In 2013, we learned that the scale of these transgressions is even greater than we had known. One part of what we learned is that the NSA is recording the calling records of millions of innocent US citizens, and citing Section 215 of the act as its legal justification. It does this—and Congress continues to reauthorize the Patriot Act—despite the fact that it's a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, and a superfluous-at-best tool for keeping the United States and its allies safe.
The good news is that Section 215 expires in less than three months, which means that our goal in the period between now and June 1st must be to take whatever strides we can to stop Congress from reauthorizing it. We'll keep you updated on our efforts and that of other organizations to do so, but in the meantime, here are two things you can contribute to the fight against Section 215.Read more