Update #2 ·

My appearance on Meet the Press

Dear Friend,

I don't know about you, but I've come to understand that when former Vice President Dick Cheney disagrees with me, generally I must be doing something right. And this time is no different.

Over the weekend, I appeared on Meet the Press to speak out against aspects of the National Security Agency's surveillance program that vacuum up Americans' phone records. At the same time, Vice President Cheney — a key architect of the surveillance policies in question — appeared on Fox News Sunday to throw his full support behind the NSA's programs.

While I disagree with Dick Cheney, I am glad that the conversation our nation needs to have about the balance between privacy and security is underway. This national discussion has begun, in part, thanks to your support of my petition to reform the PATRIOT Act. I am determined to make sure we find a smart solution that keeps us safe and protects our constitutional rights.

So, on Monday, I took our efforts to reform the PATRIOT Act a step further. I introduced a bill with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and other senators amending the PATRIOT Act to require a demonstrated link to terrorism before the government can access an American's phone records. We already have bipartisan support of this bill — and it's growing.

Will you watch my appearance on Meet the Press, and then help increase pressure on Congress to reform the PATRIOT Act by sharing my petition with your friends?

Thanks for your support as we engage in a national dialogue about how to find a better balance between security and privacy.

Mark

P.S. Once you've seen the clip, invite your friends to join you in calling on Congress to reform the PATRIOT Act: http://www.causes.com/ReformPatriotAct

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