The following is a response received from Senator Hutchinson’s office, as you will see we need to make sure that she is receiving all the letters and calls possible letting her know that we do not want to see the patriot act renewed since it is abused by law enforcement to run over the rights guaranteed to us by the bill of rights in the united states constitution. We can celebrate the fact that the vote yesterday in committee went our way in them saying no to extending the patriot act however they could and will still try to get this thru any way they can and we must stand ready to fight it .
Please remember that what I need from you is to send copies of what you send in along with what you receive in response to that, if you call them a short narrative of who you visited with and what they said, this helps us keep track of who is on our side and who is not and lets us know where we need to concentrate our efforts
Here’s the letter from Senator Hutchinson’s office
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1686, the JUSTICE Act. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
The provisions of the PATRIOT Act have served the nation well. I would oppose any legislation that would weaken its provisions. Two recent events right here in Texas provide a stark reminder that the War on Terror has not ended. On November 5, Nidal Malik Hasan, an apparent jihadist terrorist, coldly gunned down 13 soldiers and one unborn child in a murderous rampage at Fort Hood. On September 24, another accused terrorist, Hosam Smadi, was arrested for plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. Despite these horrific incidents, too many people remain complacent and fail to recognize the true nature of the threats we face as a country.
On September 17, 2009, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced S. 1686, the JUSTICE Act, to further revise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978. The legislation seeks to revise numerous requirements regarding national security letters, the procural of business records in counter-terrorist investigations, notification times for search warrants, and limitations on roving electronic surveillance. It also seeks to repeal provisions granting retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies and prohibiting warrantless searches of persons known to reside in the United States.
S. 1686 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee but was not considered by the full Senate prior to the adjournment of the 111th Congress. Should this legislation be reintroduced in the 112th Congress, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind.
Please know that I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to safeguard the security of our nation while upholding our personal privacy rights and civil liberties. I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
COIR UNIT COMMANDER REGION 2 NORTH TEXAS