Coalition visits Congressman Van Hollen to press surveillance reform

Consider using the coalition letter mentioned below (Get FISA Right is a signatory) as a conversation starter with your Representative or Senators. Our meeting with Chris Van Hollen went quite well.

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

Representatives of local and national national civil liberties groups had a cordial and productive meeting with Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8) today as they promoted the sweeping surveillance reform and oversight agenda announced in a coalition letter earlier today.

The growing coalition includes the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC) and over a hundred other civil liberties and civil rights organizations, including Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, the Green Party, Get FISA Right, and many more.

Sue Udry (Defending Dissent, MCCRC), Thomas Nephew (MCCRC), Zainab Chaudry (Council on American-Islamic Relations-MD), and Robert McCaw (CAIR Government Affairs manager) discussed surveillance issues with Rep. Van Hollen and legislative aide Ben Cook for about a half hour at the Longworth House Office Building.

Representative Van Hollen noted that he’d voted against both the FISA Amendment Act and PATRIOT Act.*  The Congressman shared the delegation’s concerns about “ambiguity, just the kind of uncertainty we’re…

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