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Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Wyden (D-OR)

Supported by organizations from across the political spectrum, the Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act (PRI) seeks to place reasonable limits on the powers granted to law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the USA PATRIOT Act. PRI would amend many of PATRIOT’s most troublesome provisions, reasserting traditional checks and balances on the Executive Branch to ensure the proper balance between law enforcement authority and Americans’ fundamental liberties. Specifically, PRI:

Rather than merely certify that the personal records sought are for a terrorism or intelligence investigation, the government must justify its request with a statement of the facts and circumstances it is relying upon. In the case of medical records, library records, records involving the purchase or rental of books, video, or music, or records regarding access to Internet materials, the government must meet the Constitution’s “probable cause” standard.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation respectfully urges swift passage of the Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act.