Thursday, January 4, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT OUR PRIVACY FROM GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, January 4, 2018
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PROTECT OUR PRIVACY FROM GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE
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#Section702
#Surveillance
Congress’ latest continuing resolution extended Trump’s warrantless surveillance authority - which is dangerous in the hands of Trump and Attorney General Sessions. A key portion of this surveillance – Section 702 – expires mid-January. Congress has the opportunity to protect Americans’ privacy by either reforming Section 702 or letting it expire.
Presently, Section 702 authorizes collection of 
• overseas foreigners’ electronic communications, if looking for “foreign intelligence information”
• Americans’ “incidental” communications to/from/about those “targets,” which can chill First Amendment rights
• “backdoor searches” of database of Americans’ information/communications without even suspicion of wrongdoing – violating the Fourth Amendment.

USA RIGHTS Act (S.1997/H.R.4124), protects Americans’ privacy by prohibiting
• collection of domestic communications and Americans’ communications merely mentioning a target
• warrantless “back door searches” for communications of/about Americans or persons inside U.S.
• use of Americans’ Section 702 data in criminal/civil/administrative proceedings, except for crimes directly related to national security
• “reverse targeting” of Americans, by requiring warrant when targeting foreigners to collect communications of persons in U.S.
We cannot let Trump retain authority to spy on Americans—especially people of color, activists, or others his administration fears. Senators Wyden (author) and Merkley (cosponsor) must push for speedy passage of these reforms. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I am concerned about Trump’s warrantless surveillance authority, “Section 702”. I want to thank the Senator for sponsoring S.1997, the USA RIGHTS Act and ask that he push for a vote on it. If this bill doesn’t pass, he must let Section 702 expire. We are counting on Congress to protect us from government overreach. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Representative:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because I am concerned about Trump’s warrantless surveillance, “Section 702”. I urge [him/her] to cosponsor the bipartisan USA RIGHTS Act (H.R.4124) and to push for a vote. . If this bill doesn’t pass, he must let Section 702 expire. We are counting on Congress to protect us from government overreach. Thank you.”————————————————————————————
**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Congressional delegation about the USA RIGHTS Act and the need to curtail the government’s warrantless surveillance authority and unconstitutional spying powers permitted by FISA Section 702.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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