Our rights and liberties have eroded under overbroad—and un-American—national security policies. This year, our representatives in Washington will have several chances to help restore constitutional rights.
Under both Democrats and Republicans, our federal government has claimed vast powers that threaten democracy and freedom in America. The PATRIOT Act dramatically expanded government power a decade ago—and Congress approved even worse laws since then, two of which it will consider extending this fall.
Congress will soon consider extending dragnet domestic surveillance and wiretapping authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It will also craft the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently set to extend our military’s authority to detain anyone within the US—even you—indefinitely, without trial or any proof of crime.
Now is a critical time to voice your support for civil liberties. If you care about your rights, defend them today.
Take action now. Sign BORDC’s petition to tell Congress to stand up for your civil liberties and restore constitutional rights.
Congress will soon decide whether to extend the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the authority to detain law-abiding Americans in military custody without trial. It will also consider extending dragnet domestic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
I urge you to:
- Repeal the military detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA. The military should not be allowed to indefinitely detain anyone within the US without trial. Due process is among the most fundamental principles of our Constitution.
- Co-sponsor the JUSTICE Act to ensure that our government's “war on terror” also respects our Constitution. The JUSTICE Act would fix abusive powers authorized under the PATRIOT Act, as well as the 2008 FISA reforms that authorized the NSA's secret dragnet domestic spying program.
- Co-sponsor the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) to restore legitimacy to our nation's criminal justice system. Congress must ensure protection from ethnic profiling by local, state, and federal law enforcement for our country to truly be a “land of the free.”