Revise Patriot Act with SAFE Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/05) – CAIR is urging members of the American Muslim community and other people of conscience to contact their elected representatives and ask that they co-sponsor the recently introduced ‘Security and Freedom Enhancement (SAFE) Act,” designed to repeal unconstitutional sections of the original USA PATRIOT Act. The bipartisan bill, which was announced yesterday by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), addresses mounting concerns raised by citizens at a grassroots level who have organized to defend the Bill of Rights. This week, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are holding the first in a series of hearings on the PATRIOT Act, parts of which will expire by the end of the year without Congressional reauthorization.

The SAFE Act would:

* Scale back the government’s authority to seize personal information — credit reports, communications records and financial information — through National Security Letters without judicial review. * Narrow the ‘sneak and peek” provision in the PATRIOT Act, which allows federal agents to get court authorization to search Americans’ homes without notifying them for weeks or even months. * Refine section 215, which allows the FBI to obtain a rubberstamp court order giving it access to Americans’ medical, business, library and even genetic records without probable cause.

SEE: ‘Bipartisan Legislation Would Fix Worst Parts of Patriot Act”

‘The PATRIOT Act was passed in haste during a time of national crisis and now needs to be revised to bring it into conformity with the Constitution and with American traditions of personal privacy,” said CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Corey Saylor. ‘The protection of civil liberties and national security are not mutually exclusive goals.”

ACTION REQUESTED: CONTACT your elected representatives to ask that they support the ‘Security and Freedom Enhancement (SAFE) Act.”

GO TO: (Enter your ZIP code.) Ask that they defend the Constitution and American traditions of personal privacy by making changes to the PATRIOT Act. Tell them we can protect both national security and civil liberties.

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