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Senate approves USA PATRIOT Act 90 day extension

The US Senate approved a 90 day extension to the expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, including:

  • The government’s power under USA PATRIOT Act Section 215 to obtain secret court orders for Internet, phone and business records of people who are not suspected of terrorism or spying;
  • The government’s “lone wolf wiretapping” power, allowing it to get court orders authorizing secret foreign intelligence wiretaps against individuals who have no connection to any foreign power or terrorist group; and
  • The government’s power to obtain blank-check roving wiretap orders that can be used to tap any phone number, email account or other communications facility that the government believes is being used by its target.

We don’t know whether Brown or Kerry voted in favor of this bill, but considering that the vote was 86-12, odds are they did.  UPDATE: Brown voted for it and Kerry did not vote according to the roll call.

Thanks to those pirates who contacted our Senators.  In the final House vote,  Keating, Lynch and Tsongas again voted for it, while Frank and Tierney did not vote.

With the 90 day extension, the fight is not over. Please contact both of our Senators and your representative and urge them to oppose any bill that will renew the dangerous USA PATRIOT Act powers listed above.

You can reach our Senators at:

Scott Brown
(202) 224-4543
http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown

John Kerry
(202) 224-2742
http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/

You can contact your Representative by email (the EFF has convenient webpage to do this) or call them at the numbers listed below:

  • 1st Congressional District – John Olver – (202) 225-5335 / (413) 532-7010
  • 2nd Congressional District – Richard Neal – (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325
  • 3rd Congressional District – James McGovern – (202) 225-6101 / (508) 831-7356
  • 4th Congressional District – Barney Frank – (202) 225-5931
  • 5th Congressional District – Niki Tsongas – (202) 225-3411 / (978) 459-0101
  • 6th Congressional District – Jonathan Tierney – (202) 225-8020 / (781) 595-7375
  • 7th Congressional District – Ed Markey – (202) 225-2836 / (508) 875-2900
  • 8th Congressional District – Michael Capuano – (202) 225-5111 / (617) 621-6208
  • 9th Congressional District – Stephen Lynch – (202) 225-8273 / (617) 428-2000
  • 10th Congressional District – William Keating – (202) 225-3111 / (617) 770-3700

To find out who your representative is, please visit Where Do I Vote MA and enter your address.

Thank you!

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