On Wednesday, House lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Defense Appropriations Bill that will include an amendment presented by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to defund portions of the National Security Agency’s data-collection efforts.
The amendment, proposed by Representative Justin Amash (R-MI), would end the NSA’s “authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act” and also bar “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.”
With short notice, and little time to petition lawmakers, an activist group called Defund the NSA has launched a website to raise awareness about the Defense Appropriations vote.
Visitors to the site are asked to spread the message to friends and to get in touch with their Representatives before the vote:
It’s been just over a month since new information on the NSA’s dragnet domestic surveillance program was leaked to the public. Tomorrow, Congress is voting on an amendment that would block funding for NSA programs using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to mass collect the call records of innocent Americans.
A win tomorrow may start a chain reaction that leads to real reform – but it won’t happen unless we speak up. We have one day to convince Congress to act.
If you are interested in getting involved and asking your legislator to get on board with the amendment, head over to defundthensa.com for instant contact information for his/her Congressional office and a pre-written script.