Letter to Congress Opposing HR 3179

June 15, 2004

Letter To Congress Opposing H.R. 3179 - Bill To Expand PATRIOT Act Powers

Dear Chairmen Goss and Sensenbrenner:

We, the undersigned organizations, write in opposition to H.R. 3179, the "Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003," which contains expansions of USA PATRIOT Act and FISA authorities. We commend the Judiciary Committee for its oversight of the USA PATRIOT Act and its commitment to look carefully at the implementation of PATRIOT Act authorities in connection with Congress' consideration of the sunset provisions of the PATRIOT Act next year. We believe that consideration of H.R. 3179, should be postponed until Congress has conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Patriot Act authorities. This political season is not the appropriate time to expand the government's surveillance powers.

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