November 17, 2005 | By Kevin Bankston

PATRIOT Update: Civil Liberties Concerns Have Stalled the Bill, For Now

Thanks to everyone who called Congress yesterday to voice opposition to the draft PATRIOT renewal bill, which we expect a vote on soon. It looks like our voices were heard--the Associated Press is reporting that because of civil liberties concerns, the draft conference report was *not* filed last night as expected, and won't be hitting the House floor today. Instead, based on the objections of civil liberties groups and opposition by a bipartisan group of Senators, the contents of the final conference report are still being fought over.

We still expect the conference to file it's official report shortly, and a vote is still likely before the end of the week--but hopefully, if we keep the pressure on, the next version of the bill will be an improvement over the draft we saw yesterday. So, if you still haven't let your Senators and Representative know how you feel about renewal of the PATRIOT Act, do it now!

UPDATE: We've gotten the latest and presumably final draft of the conference report (in three parts: one, two, three). Unfortunately, it's essentially the same as yesterday's, with no new major reforms added. Current word from the grapevine is that the House is still shooting for a vote tomorrow, with a Senate vote possible on Saturday. So let's keep the pressure on--call Congress and tell them to vote "no"!


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Join @the_zeroth_law, @doctorow, @dane, and David Segal for an AMA on the FCC's privacy rules, Monday at 9am PDT. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA...

Mar 25 @ 6:31pm

EFF brings lessons from its comprehensive Surveillance Self-Defense guide to the San Francisco Public Library. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Mar 25 @ 1:26pm

Pls plan to call your House Rep Monday, "vote no FCC privacy repeal" If your rep is Republican, ask 5 friends too https://eff.org/gopp

Mar 24 @ 4:18pm
JavaScript license information