June 25, 2008
Make a Difference
Your support helps the ACLU stand up for human rights and defend civil liberties.
n Civil Liberties Union strongly urges you to vote “NO” on
H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008. This bill unconstitutionally
and unnecessarily permits the government to vacuum up Americans’
international communications, without a connection to al Qaeda, terrorism,
or even to national security. While there is limited prior review by the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the protection afforded by that
review is almost completely illusory. H.R. 6304 also grants retroactive
immunity to companies that facilitated warrantless wiretapping over the last
seven years. For these reasons, we ask you to stand with the Constitution
and vote no on this overreaching legislation. Because this bill essentially
eviscerates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and many of the Fourth
Amendment protections it contained, we will be scoring this vote.