Wednesday, September 30, 2009

JUSTICE is Patriotic, the PATRIOT ACT is Not !

JUSTICE: The remedy for government surveillance

"Over the last eight years, numerous expansions of executive authority have worked in tandem to infringe upon Americans’ rights.

As the ACLU has testified last week, we’re pushing Congress to undertake a comprehensive reform of the Patriot Act and urging both chambers to revisit other surveillance laws now while they consider the three expiring provisions. There are currently two bills pending in the Senate to address the expiring Patriot Act provisions: the JUSTICE Act, introduced by Senators Feingold (D-Wisc.) and Durbin (D-Ill.) and the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act, introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.).

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to mark up Senator Leahy’s bill on Thursday. That bill is certainly a step in the right direction, but we believe that the JUSTICE Act, with its comprehensive approach to surveillance, is the bill Congress should pass."

It is time to have the government, not only the US government, but also all European governments, return to their proper duty of PROTECTING the rights of citizens against threats and maintaining their personal welfare (this includes protection against disease, crime, and attacks) without curtailing human and civil rights.

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