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BOOK GROUPS ENCOURAGE ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO USA PATRIOT ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information contact:
Oren Teicher (ABA), 800-637-0037, ext. 6611
Larry Siems (PEN), 212-334-1660 ext. 105
Judith Platt (AAP), 202-220-4551
Bernadette Murphy (ALA), 202-628-8410, ext. 8236

Feingold’s amendments to the reauthorization bill would significantly strengthen reader privacy protections. One would establish a sunset for National Security Letters (Section 505); one would curb the FBI’s ability under Section 215 to search the reading records of people who are not suspected of any crime and who have no link to suspected terrorists. A third would allow recipients of Section 215 subpoenas and National Security Letters to meaningfully challenge the gag attached to those orders in court.

Congressional negotiations of PATRIOT Act reauthorization language have been undermined by  multiple attempts by leadership in both the House and Senate to stop the introduction of and votes on reasonable revisions to the Act. Sen. Feingold’s amendments deserve a fair up-or-down vote on the floor of the Senate.