Democrats are plotting to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act

BREAKING: Key parts of the PATRIOT Act are scheduled to sunset on March 15th, 2020. But the same Congressional Democrats who voted to impeach Donald Trump are now supporting the president’s authoritarian agenda by ramming a reauthorization of this dangerous — and unconstitutional — legislation down our throats. Why would these supposedly progressive lawmakers support a terrifying surveillance state fit for a fascist dystopia? All we know is that they’ve done it before. We can’t let them do it again.

OUR FREEDOM IS AT STAKE

For more than a decade, US law enforcement and intelligence agencies have exploited Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, collecting billions of phone records on tens of millions of innocent people. Not only did federal courts rule that this kind of mass surveillance was unlawful, but the government's own oversight committee determined that the the program was "not proven useful in identifying unknown terrorists or terrorist plots." Shockingly, Congressional Democrats worked with Republicans to simply rewrote the laws to allow this ineffective, abusive surveillance program to continue.

Mercifully, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is set to expire next month, bringing this Orwellian nightmare to an end. But Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are likely to vote in favor of reauthorization. Again. These same Democrats recently impeached Donald Trump for abusing his power, so why would they trust the president and his corrupt administration with the power to spy on the American public, including people of color, journalists, and human rights groups? It just doesn’t make sense.

Below, you’ll find a list of Democratic Party leaders and lawmakers who serve on important committees of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives. These politicians can control any upcoming votes in the House of Representatives to either extend or sunset Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. It’s time for these progressive lawmakers to live up to their progressive values. So call them or tweet them and urge them to put an end to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

Nothing less than our freedom is at stake.

TELL THESE DEMOCRATS TO REJECT REAUTHORIZATION OF THE PATRIOT ACT

Adam Schiff (D—CA)

Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intellgience

"There is absolutely no doubt: President Trump is the worst president in modern history."

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So why should the worst president in modern history have the power to conduct mass, unwarranted surveillance on American citizens?

Nancy Pelosi (D—CA)

Speaker of the House of Representatives

"It is a matter of fact that the president is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections — the basis of our democracy."

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Voting to reauthorize the dangerous PATRIOT Act makes the president an even greater threat to our national security.

Jerry Nadler (D—NY)

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

"[W]e must do everything we can to stop Trump and his extreme agenda now."

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Reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act supports Donald Trump’s extreme agenda by giving him the authority to spy on political activists.

Mary Gay Scanlon (D—PA)

Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee

"The politicization of the DOJ by President Trump—pressuring the department to go after his political enemies—is a clear and present threat to our democracy and the rule of law."

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Ending the PATRIOT Act is necessary if we hope to stop the politicization of the Justice Department.

Zoe Lofgren (D—CA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"I have said from day one that the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols are illegal, inhumane, & just flat out wrong."

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Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are abusing their surveillance powers against immigration activists fighting the Trump Administration's draconian policies.

Sheila Jackson Lee (D—TX)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Attorney General Barr has usurped and overridden the real responsibilities of the attorney general of the United States."

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I wonder what Attorney General Barr will do with surveillance powers that have already been exploited to collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans ...

Steve Cohen (D—TN)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Any wonder why director of National [sic] intelligence was replaced? And by totally unqualified Trump loyalist? #democracy dying #authoritarian arriving."

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It certainly seems like a bad idea to grant a totally unqualified person the authority necessary to speed up the death of our democracy.

Hank Johnson (D—GA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"The upcoming vote to acquit by Senators who admit that Trump's conduct was improper, will give Trump the green light to continue soliciting foreign influence to help him win re-election."

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And the upcoming vote to renew the PATRIOT Act will give the Trump the green light to continue unconstitutional surveillance on the American public.

Ted Deutch (D—FL)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"It shouldn't be this hard for Rs & Ds both to say it is unacceptable for any president to abuse the powers of his office to cheat so that he can stay in it."

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And it shouldn't be this hard for Rs & Ds both to say it is unacceptable for any law enforcement and intelligence agency to spy on everyone in our country.

Karen Bass (D—CA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"But we do know, over the last three years, we know who this president answers to. And it's not the American people. It's Putin."

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There's nothing patriotic about reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act, especially for a president who answers to a foreign power.

Cedric Richmond (D—LA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"When you see a president interfere in prosecutions and sentencing, it should scare the American people."

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How should the American people feel when we see a president and his corrupt administration interfering in our personal communications and our political organizing through mass surveillance programs?

Hakeem Jeffries (D—NY)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"We will hold this president accountable for his stunning abuse of power … for undermining our national security … for corrupting our democracy …"

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Renewing the PATRIOT Act gives President Trump more power to abuse and more ways to undermine our national security. Period.

David N. Cicilline (D—RI)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Richard Grenell is basically an internet troll. He’s a loyalist to the President, and he is not qualified to hold this position even for a single day."

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It sure seems like a bad idea to hand over an Orwellian surveillance state to an unqualified internet troll.

Eric Swalwell (D—CA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Holding office requires swearing an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Running for office should include accepting responsibility for this, too."

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Allowing unconstitutional legislation to expire would be a pretty good way to support and defend the Constition.

Ted Lieu (D—CA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Dear Bill Barr of @TheJusticeDept: You know who uses governmental power to go after political enemies and to protect political friends? North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.”

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Also ... America.

Jamie Raskin (D—MD)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"The reason we have a Constitution is to keep government officials from doing whatever they want."

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This, but unironic.

Pramila Jayapal (D—WA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"We must stop sacrificing the civil liberties our Constitution guarantees in the name of national security. We must stop spying on our own citizens without probable cause, without legal and limited warrants, and without any transparency or accountability."

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Yup.

Val Dennings (D—FL)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"President Trump weaponized our government ... to target his political rival and corrupt our elections, subverting our national security and our democracy in the process."

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Subverting our national security and our democracy means we shouldn't give him broad, unchecked surveillance powers, right? Asking for a friend.

Lou Correa (D—CA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"My vote today will be to ensure that we will continue being a democracy and not a dictatorship."

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Yeah, so if you could just go ahead and vote that way every day, it would be really great.

Sylvia R. Garcia (D—TX)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Just a reminder that President Trump continues to prioritize corruption over the rule of law and the Constitution."

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Just a reminder that Democrats enable President Trump's corruption by granting him broad surveillance powers with no oversight.

Joe Neguse (D—CO)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"In Colorado we do things a little bit differently. We listen to each other, we respectfully exchange views & we roll up our sleeves to find solutions."

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We hope you listen to us when we urge you not reuthorize the PATRIOT Act.

Lucy McBath (D—GA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"Young people are the future of our country. I appreciate them taking the time to share their thoughts & concerns about the community we all live in."

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We're not as young as we used to be, but we'd like to share our concerns about reauthorizing the dangerous and ineffective PATRIOT Act ...

Greg Stanton (D—AZ)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"History will judge us by how we respond in this unique moment, and for whether we have the courage to uphold the rule of law."

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We know you didn't say that about sunsetting the PATRIOT Act, but ... would you mind saying it about the PATRIOT Act?

Madeleine Dean (D—PA)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"I take no joy in saying this – but every Senator who votes against a fair impeachment trial is complicit in the cover-up of Trump's abuse of power."

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I take no joy in saying this - but ever Representative who votes to extend the PATRIOT Act is complicit in this administration's further abuses of power.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D—Fl)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"We need more than 'disturbed' we need courage and strength to stand up and protect our democracy #ForThePeople #DefendOurDemocracy"

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#Don'tReauthorizeThePATRIOTAct

Veronica Escobar (D—TX)

Member of the House Judiciary Committee

"It is up to all of us – in the face of one of the most challenging times in history – to reflect the dignity, grace of Lady Liberty and the values of America."

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Lady Liberty wouldn't vote to extend warrantless bulk data collection on hundreds of millions of Americans. Will you?