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CREDO: USA FREEDOM resurrects Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act

By June 2, 2015 No Comments

In response to the Senate’s vote today to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, CREDO Mobile Vice President Becky Bond released the following statement:

“The Senate just voted to create sweeping new authorities for the government to conduct unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans. From now on, every time the government violates our privacy without a warrant by sweeping up highly-sensitive medical, educational, financial, email and telephone records, the responsibility will rest squarely on the shoulders of the senators who voted today to re-create expired PATRIOT Act authorities.”

“As a telecom that can be compelled by the government to participate in unconstitutional surveillance of Americans, we have long opposed reauthorization of section 215 of the PATRIOT Act — and for a few days we accomplished just that. This a dark day in the history of our Constitution and the Senate. CREDO will continue fighting to repeal the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, rein in the surveillance state, and place real checks on unconstitutional government surveillance.”

CREDO Mobile is a progressive phone company that makes it easy for its customers to fight for change – and raises millions of dollars for nonprofit groups that do the same. CREDO Mobile has raised more than $78 million for progressive groups, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Rainforest Action Network.

Background on CREDO members’ recent activism to sunset the PATRIOT Act:

MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN DONATIONS TO CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS: Since 2001, CREDO has given $2,236,036 to organizations like the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee that are fighting to rein in government surveillance.

MORE THAN 12,000 PHONE CALLS TO CONGRESS SINCE 2013: From supporting the Amash Amendment and the Surveillance State Repeal Act to opposing the USA FREEDOM Act and Senator Feinstein’s sham FISA Improvements Act, CREDO members have made well over 10,000 phone calls to Congress since 2013.

125,000+ PETITION SIGNATURES AGAINST THE USA FREEDOM ACT OF 2015: 128,783 CREDO activists urged Congress to oppose reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act via the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/usa_freedom_2015

ORGANIZING 50 SUNSET VIGILS TO OPPOSE PATRIOT ACT REAUTHORIZATION:

CREDO, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MoveOn, Restore the Fourth and others recruited activists to attend nationwide emergency sunset rallies to oppose reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act.

100,000+ PETITION SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF THE SURVEILLANCE STATE REPEAL ACT: This year, 104,345 CREDO members signed a petition in support of Rep. Mark Pocan’s and Thomas Massie’s Surveillance State Repeal Act, which would repeal the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/ssra/

RELEASED THE FIRST-EVER TRANSPARENCY REPORT BY A TELECOM CARRIER: Since 2013, CREDO has released quarterly transparency reports publicly documenting government requests for private information about our subscribers. CREDO’s transparency reports can be found here: http://www.credomobile.com/transparency

NEARLY 40,000 PETITION SIGNATURES AGAINST THE USA FREEDOM ACT OF 2014: 39,982 CREDO members called on the Senate to oppose the final version of the USA FREEDOM Act that the Senate voted on in 2014. While CREDO originally supported Senator Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Act, it was unacceptably weakened after being gutted in the House. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/patriotact_reauth/

MORE THAN 100,000 PETITION SIGNATURES URGING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO END THE NSA’S DRAGNET: 102,609 CREDO activists signed a petition telling President Obama to end the NSA’s telephone metadata program. The petition can be found here: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/end_nsa_dragnet/