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URGENT: Patriot Act Vote on Tuesday

Quote of the Day: "If Big Brother (of Orwell's 1984) comes to America, he will not be a fearsome, foreboding figure with a heart-chilling, omnipresent glare as in 1984. He will come with a smile on his face, a quip on his lips, a wave to the crowd, and a press that (a) dutifully reports the suppressive measures he is taking to save the nation from internal chaos and foreign threat; and (b) gingerly questions whether he will be able to succeed." -- Michael Parenti, Source: "Inventing Reality" (1986)

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Washington sources tell us that a Patriot Act renewal bill is scheduled for a vote in the House TOMORROW, Tuesday February 8.

They will attempt to pass the bill, H.R.514, under "suspension of the rules," which requires a two-thirds vote.

Defeating this will only require 1/3 of Congress. That will buy us time, and time is what we need to educate Congress that the Patriot Act is unnecessary and dangerous.

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HOWEVER, our sources also tell us we're likely to lose this vote, UNLESS WE ACT IMMEDIATELY. 

We have previously written about the Patriot Act and provided sample letters to oppose it:

January 28: http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/how-the-patriot-act-led-to-40000-fbi-crimes

February 4: http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/do-you-need-the-patriot-act

Here's another. PLEASE tell Congress to oppose this bill and to REPEAL the Patriot Act.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

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I'm disturbed by Congress's negligent oversight of the Patriot Act . . .

* You haven't established that any of the powers given to the FBI and other federal agencies have actually PREVENTED acts of terrorism
* You have failed to investigate the FBI, or hold it accountable, for possibly tens of thousands of abuses https://www.eff.org/pages/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations

As a result . . .

* I don't feel that the Patriot Act has made us "safer"
* I'm more afraid of federal agents than I am of terrorists

Instead of renewing provisions of the Patriot Act, you should REPEAL all of it. And then you should hold hearings to investigate FBI abuses.

END LETTER

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