Tell Congress: Vote NO on the Intrusive Patriot Act
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. House of Representatives

Tell Congress: Vote NO on the Intrusive Patriot Act

    1. Sponsored by

      American Civil Liberties Union


Do you remember the Patriot Act? Rushed through Congress in October 2001 with little debate, this deeply flawed legislation curtails our fundamental freedoms.

The Patriot Act gave the government the power to access your medical records, tax records, and information about the books you buy or borrow without probable cause. It also gave the government the power to break into your home and conduct secret searches without telling you for weeks, months, or indefinitely.

And now, just like in 2001, legislation is moving quickly. Congress recently extended three provisions of the Patriot Act that were due to expire at the end of February. Those three provisions will now expire at the end of May.

For almost ten years the Patriot Act has given the government too much leeway to pry into our private lives. For example, section 215 of the Patriot Act permits the government to obtain things in investigations even if the person is not suspected of doing anything wrong.

Urge your Representatives to vote NO on an extension of the Patriot Act. Rather than allow the expiring provisions to be rubberstamped again, Congress should seize this opportunity to make reform of the Patriot Act a priority. It's past time that our government stopped violating the rights of everyday people who have nothing to do with terrorism.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joy Bitterman NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm certain that congress wouldn't want someone watching their every move. In fact I'm so sure about it, just ask all those others that got busted from doing things they knew they shouldn't have been doing. Having cameras everywhere, like pointing at your front door is an intrusion of privacy. Someone i watching and knows who comes and goes from your home and it's nobodies business, but your own. Say No? Definitely.

    • Patrick O'Keeffe PULLMAN, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      The Patriot Act is the the largest government taking of individual privacy and liberty that has occurred in my lifetime. I stand resolutely against the cowardice and Constitutional irreverence contained in this bill and urge you to stand against it as well.

    • Jeanne Keen ARIZONA CITY, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      I never thought this was acceptable for America!

    • Alan Ditmore LEICESTER, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for signing a contraception petition. Please read my petitions advocating municipal environmental

      contraception funding, which is increasingly politically realistic due

      to The Big Sort in more and more towns, and helps women's right's, quality of life, and school taxes as well as being at least 5 times more cost-effective than any other environmental effort.

      The prochoice and contraception movements are placing too high a priority on defensive actions in the red states when we should be going on the offensive, the side of "change", in the blue states, and cities. The worst places

      will get even worse no matter what we do, but the unrealized political potential, the low hanging fruit, is in making the best places even better. This opportunity is being caused by The Big Sort.

    • carol Ⓥ crunkhorn AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 3 years ago

      Certainly 9/11 was a tragic event, but what has happened to Americans' fundamental freedoms because of that event is unacceptable. Terrorists wreaked havoc in one day, but how long must Americans pay for that and why should they? We ought to be looking at why terrorists do what they do, rather than taking liberties by assuming everybody might be one; that will only create dissent.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.