Amnesty International Withdraws Support for USA Freedom Act, Urges Stronger Reforms

Press Release
May 22, 2014

Amnesty International Withdraws Support for USA Freedom Act, Urges Stronger Reforms

Contact: Gabe Cahn, West End Strategy Team, gabe@westendstrategy.com, 202.776.7700, c: 202.412.1678, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In response to passage of the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361) by the House of Representatives today, Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International USA's Security & Human Rights Program, issued the following statement:

"The House has failed to deliver serious surveillance reform. People inside and outside the U.S. would remain at risk of dragnet surveillance. The Senate should pass much stronger reforms ensuring greater transparency, robust judicial review, equal rights for non-U.S. persons, and a clear, unambiguous ban on mass spying. President Obama need not wait. He can and should implement such safeguards today."

For in-depth analysis of the USA Freedom Act, please see the the following new report by Amnesty International:

Amnesty International Withdraws Support for the USA Freedom Act, Urges Stronger Reforms

Zeke Johnson is available for interview.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.