Privacy Lives joins a group of organizations, including the ACLU and Center for National Security Studies, in sending a letter (pdf) to the U.S. Senate in opposition to the FISA Amendments Act, H.R. 6304. The House passed the bill on June 20 and the Senate is expected to vote on it today. The groups state:
The bill would threaten Americans’ privacy by doing too little to restore judicial review and failing to include other reasonable civil liberties protection. The administration has not made a persuasive case that these sweeping new powers are needed or that existing authorities are inadequate to ensure the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence-gathering activities.
In addition, this legislation would use the federal courts to rubber stamp a grant of immunity to telecommunications companies that assisted with unlawful warrantless surveillance.
A number of groups and politicians have come out in opposition to this legislation. Read the full letter (pdf). Learn about the Bingaman Amendment, which I support, at EFF’s Deeplinks blog here and here.