Today progressive groups CREDO, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org Civic Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent a letter to the Congressional Progressive Caucus urging it to oppose the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act and could legalize surveillance practices deemed illegal last week by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The letter argues that the court’s ruling “fundamentally changes the political landscape for surveillance reform” and that “[t]he compromises struck to clear the way for passage of USA Freedom Act’s ostensible limits on mass surveillance are no longer attractive.”
It urges members of the CPC to vote no on the USA FREEDOM Act and to “leverage this major win in the federal courts and the impending expiration of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act to create momentum for reining in the surveillance state in meaningful ways such as passing Poe-Massie-Lofgren as well as building support for CPC member Rep. Mark Pocan’s Surveillance State Repeal Act.“
The full letter can be read below:
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.7 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and tens of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.