To Members of Congress:

People in the United States have seen their civil liberties and civil rights violated due to routine abuses of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). There is documented evidence of agencies like the NSA and the FBI conducting warrantless searches on tens of thousands of peaceful protesters, racial-justice activists, small-dollar campaign donors, journalists, judges, local police and even members of Congress. This authority is sweeping and dangerous, and expanding it — or reauthorizing it without significant reforms — would be unconscionable.

We urge you to remove Section 702 reauthorization from the FY2024 NDAA and instead advance the bipartisan Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act.

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    Unwarranted and Unwelcome: Government Surveillance Has to Stop

    Tell Congress: Domestic Surveillance Violates Our Civil Liberties

    We are living through a moment of unprecedented government and commercial surveillance. Agencies like the NSA and the FBI have abused Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct warrantless surveillance that violates the civil liberties of people in the United States and abroad. Recent investigations have shown how law enforcement and government agencies are similarly gaining access to our sensitive information, like medical and location data, directly from private companies — also without a warrant.1

    Our government should not be spying on us, plain and simple.

    As Congress debates the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), some lawmakers are trying to attach an expansion of Section 702 to this must-pass legislation. Free Press Action is urging Congress to instead support bipartisan-backed reform bills like the Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act or the Government Surveillance Reform Act, which would curtail warrantless searches under Section 702 and prevent the government from buying our personal information from commercial intermediaries like data brokers.

    Add your name to our petition urging Congress to keep a reauthorization of Section 702 out of the NDAA and prioritize legislation that would protect our privacy.

    1. “Pharmacies Share Medical Data With Police Without a Warrant, Inquiry Finds,” The Washington Post, Dec. 12, 2023