May  6,  2015  

 
Dear  Members  of  Congress,  
 
The  undersigned  civil  liberties  advocates,  organizations,  and  surveillance  experts  urge  you  to  oppose  
the  USA  FREEDOM  Act  and  instead  to  push  for  the  expiration  of  Section  215  of  the  USA  PATRIOT  
Act  on  June  1st.  
 
In  the  two  years  since  Edward  Snowden  began  disclosing  proof  of  mass,  warrantless  surveillance  of  
Americans  and  the  rest  of  the  world,  surveillance  proponents  have  had  ample  opportunity  to  provide  
proof  of  its  efficacy,  legality,  and  its  necessity.  They  have  failed  to  do  so  on  every  front.  Instead,  they  
have  systematically  misled  both  the  public  and  Congress.  
 
Under  incredible  public  pressure,  the  White  House  and  surveillance  agencies  have  telegraphed  
acquiescence  to  minimal  reforms  in  exchange  for  extension  of  Section  215  via  legislation  that  would  
also  eviscerate  numerous  court  challenges  to  lawless  surveillance  and  provide  for  legal  immunization  
and  compensation  of  companies  that  provide  the  government  with  customers’  private  information,  even  
where  that  company  knows  it  is  unlawful.  
 
The  sacrifices  made  by  the  USA  FREEDOM  Act  of  2015  are  unacceptable.  The  modest  changes  within  
this  bill,  in  turn,  fail  to  reform  mass  surveillance,  of  Americans  and  others,  conducted  under  Section  
702  of  the  FISA  Amendments  Act  of  2008  and  Executive  Order  12333.  Given  intelligence  agencies’  
eagerness  to  subvert  any  attempts  by  Congress  to  rein  in  massive  surveillance  programs  by  changing  
the  legal  authorities  under  which  they  operate,  the  modest,  proposed  changes  are  no  reform  at  all.  
 
Section  215  was  designed  to  sunset,  and  it  is  well  past  time  that  it  did  so.  A  vote  for  USA  FREEDOM  
Act  does  too  little  to  reform  surveillance,  and  it  does  so  at  too  great  an  expense.  A  vote  against  it,  and  
against  any  law  that  reauthorizes  Section  215,  is  the  best  step  toward  ending  mass  surveillance  of  
Americans.  We  urge  you  to  pursue  such  a  path  in  defense  of  American  civil  liberties.  
 
Sincerely,  
 
Mark  Klein  

Thomas  Drake  

Diane  Roark  

William  Binney  

J.  Kirk  Wiebe  

Edward  Loomis  

CREDO  Mobile  

Campaign  for  Liberty  

Demand  Progress  

Republican  Liberty  Caucus  

Progressive  Change  Campaign  
Committee  

American-­Arab  Anti-­  
Discrimination  Committee  
(ADC)  

Democracy  for  America  

Sunlight  Foundation  

X-­Lab  

 

Restore  The  Fourth  

Fight  for  the  Future  

RootsAction.org  

National  Coalition  to  Protect  
Civil  Freedoms  

Defending  Dissent  Foundation  

Constitutional  Alliance  

ForestEthics  

Bill  of  Rights  Defense  
Committee  

CourageCampaign.org  

Media  Alliance  

Rainforest  Action  Network  

Arab  American  Institute  

Center  for  Sustainable  
Economy  

DRUM  -­  Desis  Rising  Up  &  
Moving  

Popular  Resistance  

Greater  Cleveland  Immigrant  
Support  Network  

Blue  America  PAC  

OneAmerica  

Chicago-­Cinquera  Sister  Cities  

OMNI  Center  for  Peace,  Justice   School  of  the  Americas  Watch  
&  Ecology  
(SOA  Watch)