Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Repeal draconian mass-surveillance legislation and restore citizen privacy.
The PATRIOT Act may soon be repealed after it was implemented post 9/11 to authorize mass surveillance in the interest of national security. A bill introduced by two American senators seeks to nullify the law entirely, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act which allows the National Security Agency to collect, store, and analyze internet communications. The bill aims to stop the government from pressuring electronics companies into creating government-access doors in their devices, reform the court that oversees U.S. surveillance, and improve protection for whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden.
The USA PATRIOT Act allows intelligence agencies to monitor ordinary Americans as well as foreigners from all over the world. It made it easier for officials to gain information on citizens held by third parties, including medical records, internet usage, and travel patterns, and expanded the government’s ability to gather information about the senders and recipients of electronic communications. It allowed the government to search private property without notifying the owner and decreased government oversight for surveillance agencies.
By and large, the PATRIOT Act set the stage for today’s unconstitutional mass surveillance state. Successfully repealing both laws would restore the privacy of millions of citizens worldwide and could change the electronic surveillance landscape permanently. If successful, the bill could ensure that the United States government never again oversteps its bounds to create a draconian surveillance state. Sign the petition below to show your support for the Surveillance State Repeal Act.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Two United States senators have introduced a bill that would repeal both the USA PATRIOT Act as well as the FISA Amendments Act–laws that greatly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance capabilities. These laws allow the government to gather, store and analyze the private data of millions of citizens, both American and foreign, oftentimes without a warrant. This data includes medical and travel records and information about cellular and online communications.
Both American and international citizens are displeased with the United States’ overuse of surveillance, which often targets innocent citizens and is widely considered to be unconstitutional. Should these mass surveillance laws be repealed, privacy would be restored to millions of citizens across the world. We, the undersigned, support the Surveillance State Repeal Act and ask you to uphold civil liberties by doing the same.
[Your Name Here]
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