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July 15, 2005

Welcome to the Reform the Patriot Act blog from the ACLU!

The push to reauthorize the Patriot Act has begun, with key leaders in Congress pressing for an accelerated process that offers almost no significant change to this flawed legislation.

Bills emerging from House committees this week include amendments that would make virtually the entire statute a permanent part of our law, rather than allowing its more sweeping provisions to expire, as originally approved by Congress. A House vote could come as early as next week.

This is an absolutely critical moment for the effort to repair the Patriot Act and for the fundamental principles of civil liberty as established by our Constitution.

Follow our updates over the coming days and weeks, get out the word about the urgent need for Patriot Act reform, and learn more about the threats to our most basic freedoms at

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