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An Open Letter on National Security Letters

The CAP Action Fund and coalition partners sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging substantial reform of National Security Letters.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund and coalition partners sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging substantial reform of National Security Letters. Among the recommendations to fix problems with their current use, the coaltion calls on Congress to:

  • Repeal the expansion of the power that allows the FBI to demand information about people who are not the subject of an investigation.
  • Subject the power to prior judicial approval.
  • Amend the statute so gag orders are imposed only on authority of the court.
  • Remove and destroy information in government databases that was collected on innocent people.
  • Revisit the “exigent circumstances” provisions of 18 USC 2702.
  • Examine other domestic surveillance and data mining programs to determine their scope and nature.

Read the full letter from the coalition