UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Please join us online Thursday during the hearing! http://bit.ly/oct1hearing has all the info.

This Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing marking up the Leahy PATRIOT Act extension bill is the best chance yet for significant reform. As well as limiting the use of sneak-and-peak warrants and National Security Letters, it bars “bulk collection” under FISA and holds telecom companies accountable for past abuses. A broad coalition including EFF, the ACLU, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the American Library association and many other organizations support Senator Feingold’s JUSTICE Act, a comprehensive package of reforms. The key question for Thursday is how many will be added to Leahy’s more limited bill.

Over the next two days, we need to pressure Democrats on the SJC to add provisions from the JUSTICE Act during markup — and Senators to sign on as co-sponsors to the JUSTICE Act.

Here’s how you can help:

stop spying on americans!

For more information, see

Senator Russ Feingold questioning the Justice Department on the PATRIOT Act


My professional bio's at http://www.cfp2008.org/wiki/index.php/Jon_Pincus


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