Blogger Resources for HJC Patriot Act & FISA reform

Reps. John Conyers, Jerrold Nadler, and Bobby Scott have introduced two important bills directly engaging Patriot Act and FISA reform (HR 3845 and 3846).

This page will be used to aggregate resources for bloggers to cover news and action campaigns.

Our next tweetchat is Wednesday, November 4, 12:30 p.m EST during the Patriot Amendment Act markup. Please join us in the Patriot Act Action Hub during (materials to blog about it are below)

If you have any questions or comments about this tweetchat, please contact Harry at

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While following the webcast of the much anticipated markup of H.R. 3845, the “USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009, we will be holding a live “tweetchat” in our Patriot Act Action Hub to aggregate any coverage and to facilitate acting upon what happens.

During this tweetchat, you will find the latest on what is going on at the hearing as well as what others are saying about it on twitter (everything tweeted to #patriotact will show up in the chat).

However, we encourage those on twitter and not on it alike to comment directly into the chat room, as our goal is to foster as much conversation and collective action in response as we can.
No matter what happens tomorrow, we want to help spur “flash actions” via Twitter and other new media services in response.
We are encouraging bloggers to write about the markup and help promote our tweetchat by linking to our Patriot Act Action Hub

However, this tweetchat is distributed, and bloggers can also embed the chatroom itself into blog posts. Below you'll find the embed code:

<iframe src="" scrolling="no" height="400px" width="400px" frameBorder ="0" ><a href="" >HJC Patriot Amendment Act Markup Tweetchat</a></iframe>

Summary of the the bills:

The USA Patriot Amendments Act of 2009 (HR 3845 bill pdf via EFF):

  • Like Sen. Feingold’s JUSTICE Act, this bill provides a substantial number of new checks and balances to curb the government’s spying powers under the Patriot Act.
The FISA Amendment Act of 2009 (HR 3846 bill pdf via EFF):

  • This bill is directed at reforming last year’s FISA Amendments Act (FAA), which broadly expanded the government’s authority to wiretap Americans without warrants.
  • Even worse, the FAA did this by granting immunity to telecommunications companies who broke the law through assisting in the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program.
  • Fortunately, this bill repeals the FAA's telco immunity provision
  • Very importantly, this bill prohibits the "bulk collection" of Americans' emails and phone calls amidst many other reforms
  • For more details, EFF has provided a pdf section by section analysis.

Resource: EFF's analysis of HR 3845 and HR 3846

Summary of ongoing campaigns to pass the bills:

The Patriot Act Action Hub a central hub for actions and news items during the Patriot Act reauthorization debate.

The next major action in the House is the Judiciary Committee markup of Patriot Act and FISA reform legislation, expected during the week of November 2. The Senate floor discussion has not yet been scheduled.

Below you will find details of our ongoing campaigns, a news roundup, and other available resources:

Ongoing Campaigns
News Roundup
Other Resources

Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee:

HJC MemberFacebook AccountTwitter Account
Chairman John Conyers

Rep. Howard BermanHoward Berman supporter page
Rep. Rick BoucherRick Boucher supporter page
Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Rep. Bobby Scott

Rep. Mel Watt

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Lofgren supporter page
Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson Lee supporter page@RepJacksonLee
Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Waters supporter page@MaxineWaters
Rep. Bill Delahunt

Rep. Robert WexlerRobert Wexler supporter page
Rep. Steve CohenSteve Cohen supporter page
Rep. Hank JohnsonHank Johnson supporter page@RepHankJohnson
Rep. Pedro PierliusiPedro Pierliusi supporter page@PedroPierliusi
Rep. Mike QuigleyMike Quigley fan page@Quigleycampaign (campaign account)
Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Gutierrez supporter page

Rep. Brad ShermanBrad Sherman supporter page@BradSherman
Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Baldwin fan page@RepTammyBaldwin
Rep. Charles Gonzales

Rep. Anthony WeinerAnthony Weiner supporter page@anthonyweiner
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Schiff fan page@RepAdamSchiff (no tweets)
Rep. Linda SanchezLinda Sanchez supporter page
Rep. Debra Wasserman-Schultz

Rep. Dan MaffeiDan Maffei supporter page@DaMaffei (no tweets)

About Get FISA Right

The "Senator Obama, Please Get FISA Right" MyBo group started organically before a group of volunteers helped it go viral in 2008. Bloggers were undoubtedly instrumental in that effort through their writing----and we need your help again today!

As the MyBo group gained a large following, we used a wiki/collaborative process to create an open letter to Obama. A vast amount of blog coverage begot MSM coverage, and in unprecedented fashion Obama responded to the group both on MyBo and on the Huffington Post. We lost the legislative battle--and the content of Obama's response was not what we were hoping for--but we were successful at helping change the national debate, attaining Obama's attention, and successfully opening up a direct line of communication with him.

Now, with PATRIOT Act and FISA reform coming up, many of us are back and ready to expand upon last summers' successes. Please join us Organizing for America, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Wetpaint.