Get FISA Right tips us off that the House of Representatives will be voting on final passage of H.R. 514 this Monday. That’s tomorrow, folks. H.R. 514 is the bill that reauthorizes core provisions of the Patriot Act. While the government tells us that the Patriot Act is all about catching rascally terrorists, only one half of one percent of the uses of Patriot Act powers are in terrorism cases. The government is ignoring the Fourth Amendment — and pursuing people based on their use of the First Amendment — for reasons that have nothing to do with terrorism.
If that makes you angry, and it should, then find the phone number of your U.S. Representative and call his or her voice mail right now with this simple message:
VOTE NO ON PATRIOT ACT REAUTHORIZATION. VOTE NO ON H.R. 514.
I’m going to do that right now. Will you do the same?