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Amash-Conyers Amendment

H.Amdt.101 to H.R. 2397: Ending authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.

Amendment offered to H.R. 2397, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.

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FreedomWorks 4,472,767 Facebook fans 116,783 Twitter followers

The amendment would withhold funding to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance activities being conducted without a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It is important to ensure that taxpayer funds are not unconstitutionally being used to spy on American citizens who aren’t currently under investigation.

The NSA’s warrantless monitoring and data gathering has been going on for too long. This is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment that guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Innocent Americans should not be treated like criminals when they have not done anything suspicious. The Amash amendment would ...

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 207,542 Facebook fans 168,151 Twitter followers

The Amash Amendment would prevent the NSA from indiscriminately collecting the phone records of most Americans, including who we talk to, for how long, and how often.

Instead, it will limit the NSA's ability to collect these records to people who are actually under investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (a pretty reasonable limitation!).

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 115,553 Twitter followers

The House is gearing up for a vote on the Defense Appropriations Bill (basically, the budget for the Department of Defense) and a bipartisan coalition of Representatives will be introducing a novel amendment that attempts to strike at funding for one type of particularly egregious surveillance power of the NSA.

EFF thinks this amendment is an important step in curbing the NSA's domestic surveillance and urges concerned citizens to call immediately to voice your support.

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American Library Association 7,490 Facebook fans 33,254 Twitter followers

The Campaign for Reader Privacy urges you to immediately call your member of Congress and request support for the Amash amendment to the defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397). This amendment, which will be voted on tomorrow or Thursday morning, would bar the National Security Agency from obtaining the telephone records of people who are not suspected of engaging in illegal acts.

This is one of the most important votes in the long fight to restore the protections for privacy that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.

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Center for Democracy and Technology 7,243 Facebook fans 8,537 Twitter followers

The Amash/Conyers amendment would ensure that Section 215 of the Patriot Act is used as Congress originally intended – to protect American citizens from terrorist threats, but not to erode our fundamental freedoms. This Amendment does not repeal Section 215. Rather, it ensures that data the NSA collects under this authority pertains to people actually under investigation, rather than to all Americans.

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Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) 9,170 Facebook fans 4,178 Twitter followers

This bipartisan amendment would defund the NSA’s indiscriminate, suspicionless domestic surveillance of countless Americans’ everyday communications. It’s a clean, elegant way for Congress to use its power of the purse to protect ordinary citizens while preserving the NSA’s ability to investigate international terrorism — the original purpose of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Just a few days ago, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court re-authorized an NSA program that forces U.S. phone companies to hand over all of their subscribers’ telephony metadata on a daily basis. This includes the phone numbers of both parties to any call involving ...

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DownsizeDC 18,138 Facebook fans

We write to urge you to vote yes on the bipartisan Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 2397). Rep. Amash’s proposed amendment would defund mass, blanket surveillance of the phone or Internet records of Americans who are not subjects of authorized terrorism or espionage investigations.

This would preserve the NSA’s ability to obtain specific records of specific persons, as Congress originally intended, while effectively ending blanket surveillance of millions of Americans who are not involved in a threat to national security.

The Amash amendment will give Congress the time to consider ...

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R Street 13,142 Facebook fans

We write to urge you to vote yes on the bipartisan Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 2397). Rep. Amash’s proposed amendment would defund mass, blanket surveillance of the phone or Internet records of Americans who are not subjects of authorized terrorism or espionage investigations.

This would preserve the NSA’s ability to obtain specific records of specific persons, as Congress originally intended, while effectively ending blanket surveillance of millions of Americans who are not involved in a threat to national security.

The Amash amendment will give Congress the time to consider ...

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Just Foreign Policy 3,133 Facebook fans 3,669 Twitter followers

"Passage of the Amash amendment will not only directly help protect Americans from the NSA’s blanket surveillance, but it will also indirectly help protect people in Latin America and Europe. The U.S. has told people in Europe and Latin America that U.S. blanket surveillance of them is not a big deal; that claim will be greatly undermined when Congress prohibits such blanket surveillance of Americans. Passage of the Amash amendment will also undermine the government’s hunt for Edward Snowden, because it will prove that his revelations on NSA surveillance had an impact on Congress, and thus ...

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TechFreedom 10,149 Facebook fans 39 Twitter followers

This bipartisan amendment would defund the NSA’s indiscriminate, suspicionless domestic surveillance of countless Americans’ everyday communications. It’s a clean, elegant way for Congress to use its power of the purse to protect ordinary citizens while preserving the NSA’s ability to investigate international terrorism — the original purpose of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Just a few days ago, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court re-authorized an NSA program that forces U.S. phone companies to hand over all of their subscribers’ telephony metadata on a daily basis. This includes the phone numbers of both parties to any call involving ...

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Access Now 9,481 Facebook fans

The amendment, offered by U.S. Representatives Justin Amash and John Conyers, attempts to limit the scope of the NSA’s metadata snooping while allowing the government to continue to undertake legitimate investigations into national security concerns by imposing restrictions on funding for the implementation of court orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court pertaining to Section 215 of the U.S. PATRIOT Act.

The Amash-Conyers amendment creates limitations on the extent to which the NSA can use its massive data collection abilities against innocent people. By restricting funding for data collection to only the specific subjects of an ...

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Association of American Publishers (AAP) 3,014 Twitter followers

The Campaign for Reader Privacy urges you to immediately call your member of Congress and request support for the Amash amendment to the defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397). This amendment, which will be voted on tomorrow or Thursday morning, would bar the National Security Agency from obtaining the telephone records of people who are not suspected of engaging in illegal acts.

This is one of the most important votes in the long fight to restore the protections for privacy that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.

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Constitution Project 1,322 Facebook fans 1,440 Twitter followers

On behalf of The Constitution Project, I write to urge you to support a critical amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, HR 2397, regarding the scope of the NSA’s authority to collect Americans’ information under the Patriot Act. The amendment sponsored by Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) and Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) would rein in the recently revealed program under which the NSA collects the phone records of millions of Americans who have no connection to terrorism.

The Amash/Conyers amendment would prevent the NSA from using funds to conduct bulk collection of phone records, or other ...

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Taxpayers Protection Alliance 2,472 Facebook fans 90 Twitter followers

We write to urge you to vote yes on the bipartisan Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 2397). Rep. Amash’s proposed amendment would defund mass, blanket surveillance of the phone or Internet records of Americans who are not subjects of authorized terrorism or espionage investigations.

This would preserve the NSA’s ability to obtain specific records of specific persons, as Congress originally intended, while effectively ending blanket surveillance of millions of Americans who are not involved in a threat to national security.

The Amash amendment will give Congress the time to consider ...

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Americans for Limited Government

“The amendment offered by Amash will defund domestic surveillance under the Patriot Act. We urge its adoption by House members of both political parties. Nobody’s records should be collected unless there is specific investigation into that person taking place for crimes that have been committed and a lawful warrant has been issued by a judge upon probable cause.

“It is time that members of Congress weigh in on and reject these ubiquitous surveillance state that is being built. For more than ten years, this program has operated in secret without any explicit congressional authorization. After top secret court orders ...

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Peace Action

"Amash (MI), Conyers (MI), Mulvaney (SC), Polis (CO), Massie (KY) #101 Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215. SUPPORT"

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Muslim Public Affairs Council

The Muslim Public Affairs Council asked its constituents and all Americans to support the Amash-Conyers Amendment #100 to the Defense Appropriations Act.

Debates on privacy issues and national security have increased due to the recent revelations about NSA mass surveillance programs. In an attempt to deal with the surveillance program in the House, Representatives Justin Amash (R-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI) have added an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that would effectively defund the program which has allowed the NSA to conduct surveillance on innocent Americans with almost no oversight.

The amendment seeks to end the NSA’s blanket ...

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PEN American Center

The Campaign for Reader Privacy urges you to immediately call your member of Congress and request support for the Amash amendment to the defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397). This amendment, which will be voted on tomorrow or Thursday morning, would bar the National Security Agency from obtaining the telephone records of people who are not suspected of engaging in illegal acts.

This is one of the most important votes in the long fight to restore the protections for privacy that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.

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American Booksellers Association

The Campaign for Reader Privacy urges you to immediately call your member of Congress and request support for the Amash amendment to the defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397). This amendment, which will be voted on tomorrow or Thursday morning, would bar the National Security Agency from obtaining the telephone records of people who are not suspected of engaging in illegal acts.

This is one of the most important votes in the long fight to restore the protections for privacy that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office)

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