A Federal judge just called the NSA's phone spying program "almost Orwellian." But some members of Congress are determined to preserve it.

Tell Congress, "I want an END to NSA spying. Nothing less!"

Congress needs to hear that the NSA's spying programs are unconstitutional. Tell them before they ram though the FISA Improvements Act, a fake reform bill that will legalize mass surveillance and give the NSA even more power.

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We're not fooled by fake reforms

Congress is responding to the outcry over NSA spying, but this fake fix will simply extend the NSA's powers. Here are some of the ways the FISA Improvements Act will take us from bad to worse:

  • It will give legal support to the court in question, the FISA court, to approve bulk data collection.

  • Feinstein says Section 6 of the bill is a "restriction" on searching the vast NSA database but it simply calls for there to be a record of searches. This same section has been called the "backdoor search provision" by Senator Ron Wyden

  • Law enforcement, such as FBI, are ambiguously given the legal authority to access and search NSA databases, including for Americans, according to the report about this bill put out by the Intelligence Committee themselves, which says "[Section 6] does not limit the authority of law enforcement agencies to conduct queries of data acquired pursuant to Section 702 of Fisa for law enforcement purposes.”

  • Ironically, the bill gives permission to contractors to access NSA's databases, as opposed to just government employees.

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We won't stand for mass surveillance

Dianne Feinstein, Mike Rogers and other chief NSA apologists in Congress have been supporting the largest surveillance system in history. In their defense of these programs, they haven't been able to answer any of the tough questions -- what laws have been used or broken to justify invading our privacy, why we haven't been told about these violations, and why, despite having the choice not to, they support Intelligence programs that require MORE mass surveillance rather than less. They have used obfuscation to avoid answering these questions, but we're not going to stand down. Watch the NSA video and learn more.

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Judge Leon defends privacy and the Fourth Amendment

Judge Leon stood up for privacy and the basic rights of all Americans when he ruled that the NSA's bulk phone record collection violates the Fourth Amendment.

"It's one thing to say that people expect phone companies to occasionally provide information to law enforcement; it is quite another to suggest that our citizens expect all phone companies to operate what is effectively a joint intelligence-gathering operation with the Government." (pg. 48)

"Surely, such a program infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Indeed, I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware 'the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent enrichments by those in power,' would be aghast." (pg. 64)

You can read the decision in his own words here.

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