This week, Congress will vote on what do with the controversial surveillance law, the USA Patriot Act, and several influential members of Congress are positioning themselves for an old western standoff. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, all believe that a clean reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act or a two month extension of it should be passed because doing so is the only sure way to fortify our nation’s national security. Contrarily, Republican Senator and fellow 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul told media reporters that he would do everything “humanly possible” to ensure that Majority Leader McConnell and his fellow hawks do not get their way. Is Sen. Paul suggesting that we will see a reenactment of his infamous 13-hour filibuster on drones in 2013? Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and other civil libertarian members of Congress believe that the USA Freedom Act, a bill which seeks to replace the USA Patriot Act and that was passed last week, does not truly curtail the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ability to illegally collect data about U.S. citizens. We agree, and here is your opportunity to take action in support of real—and much needed—reform on domestic surveillance.

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