National Call-In Day Urges Repair of the Patriot Act

January 23, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/Bill of Rights Defense Committee

On January 23, 2006 a Bill of Rights Defense Committee Press Release reported, "Tens of thousands of Americans will phone their members of Congress on Wednesday, January 25, to urge them to repair the USA PATRIOT Act. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) organized the National Call-In Day in response to a draft PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that its network of grassroots allies nationwide strongly oppose. Dozens of other national organizations are supporting the national call-in day. A Senate filibuster last month over concerns that the reauthorization bill failed to protect civil liberties temporarily prevented it from becoming law. The House and Senate agreed to extend until February 3rd the 16 PATRIOT Act provisions that would have expired on December 31, 2005... The BORDC has encouraged and supported community education and debate about the PATRIOT Act and other post-9/11 anti-terrorism laws and policies in living rooms, churches, union halls, and town halls nationwide. Concerns over new threats to civil liberties discussed in those nonpartisan debates have led to the passage of more than 400 resolutions upholding the constitutional rights of their jurisdictions' 64 million residents, including seven statewide resolutions."