National Security Advocacy Letters

NACDL frequently writes to members of Congress, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the president on national security issues related to electronic surveillance, detention, and due process. These letters have been collected and are available for download by clicking on the titles below.

2017

 

 December 20, 2017Coalition Letter in Opposition to FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Manager's Amendment) 

November 6, 2017Coalition Letter in Opposition to FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 

October 24, 2017,  Coalition Letter in Support of the USA RIGHTS Act, Robust Section 702 Reform Bill 

 October 13, 2017Coalition Letter in Opposition to Current Version of the USA Liberty Act, Section 702 Reform Bill  

 October 2, 2017Coalition Letter on Section 702's Backdoor Search Loophole 

 

2016

 

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October 25, 2016Coalition Letter On Yahoo Surveillance Revelations 

 

2014

 

June 26, 2014Coalition Letter Recommending Prohibiting Backdoor Searches Under 702 

June 26, 2014Coalition Letter in Opposition of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 ("CISA") 

June 18, 2014Coalition Letter on the USA FREEDOM Act 

June 18, 2014Coalition Letter Urging Yes Vote on Massie-Lofgren Amendment to Rein in NSA 

June 18, 2014Coalition Letter Urging the House to Oppose Additional Restrictions on Guantanamo Transfers 

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June 18, 2014Coalition Letter Urging the Senate to Oppose Additional Restrictions on Guantanamo Transfers 

June 17, 2014Coalition Letter re: Ending Renewal of the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program 

June 4, 2014Coalition Letter to Senate Leaders Regarding the USA FREEDOM Act 

May 21, 2014Coalition Letter re: Vote "No" on Walorski Amendment to Prohibit Transferring Any Guantanamo Detainee to Yemen 

May 14, 2014Coalition Letter re: USA FREEDOM Rules and Floor Amendments 

April 11, 2014NACDL Comments to Privacy and Civil Liberties Board re FISA Surveillance 

April 1, 2014Coalition Letter re: Bulk Collection of Data About Individuals 

February 25, 2014Coalition Letter re: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program 

 

2013

 

December 18, 2013Coalition Letter to Members of Congress in Opposition of the FISA Improvements Act 

December 9, 2013Coalition Letter to Senator Majority Leader Reid re Judge Wald's Reconfirmation to PCLOB 

December 6, 2013Coalition Letter in Support of Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Provisions in 2014 NDAA 

November 15, 2013Coalition Letter in Support of Closing Guantanamo in 2014 NDAA 

October 7, 2013Coalition Letter to President Obama re GTMO Detainee Transfers 

October 1, 2013NACDL Letter to Senate Proposing Recommendations for FISA Reform 

August 1, 2013Coalition letter to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board re NSA Surveillance 

July 30, 201360 Group Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee on NSA Program  

July 24, 2013Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, NACDL Statement for the Record: Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights Implications Senate Judiciary Committee 

July 23, 2013Guantanamo Periodic Review Board Coalition Letter 

July 18, 2013Coalition Letter in Favor of Transparency for National Security Requests to Service Providers  

July 8, 2013Coalition Letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on NSA program 

July 8, 2013Coalition Letter to DOJ on NSA Surveillance Reports 

February 12, 2013Coalition Letter to Secretary Panetta and Vice Admiral MacDonald Re: Press Briefings at Guantanamo Bay 

 

2012

 

December 13, 2012Coalition Letter to Demand Debate on the FISA Amendments Act 

December 5, 2012Updated Coalition Letter to President Obama Re: Veto NDAA, If It Extends Restrictions on Transferring Detainees Out of the Guantanamo Prison 

November 30, 2012Coalition Letter to Senate Urging NO Vote on FAA Extension 

November 29, 2012Coalition Letter Re: Opposition to Feinstein Amendment 3018 to the NDAA 

November 27, 2012Coalition Letter to President Obama Re: Veto NDAA, If It Extends Restrictions on Transferring Detainees Out of the Guantanamo Prison 

September 11, 2012Coalition Letter to House Urging NO Vote on FAA Extension 

August 13, 2012NACDL Amicus Letter in GTMO Habeas Counsel Access Litigation 

June 15, 2012, Coalition Sign-On Letter Re: Leaks of Highly Classified Information 

June 11, 2012, Coalition Sign-On Letter Re: Sunset of FISA Amendments Act of 2008 

May 17, 2012Joint Letter Re: Press Conference Access at Guantanamo 

March 13, 2012, Coalition Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board 

 

2011

 

December 9, 2011, Letter from NACDL President Lisa Wayne to Congress opposing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

November 22, 2011ACLU Letter to oppose Amendment 1068 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (S. 1867). 

November 9, 2011Letter to NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer from Department of Defense Regarding NGO's Observations of Military Commissions at Guantanamo.

October 3, 2011Coalition Letter to Secretary Panetta Regarding NGO's Observations of Military Commissions at Guantanamo.

July 5, 2011Coalition Letter to Secretary Panetta Regarding NGO's Observations of Military Commissions at Guantanamo

April 12, 2011Coalition Letter to Secretary Gates Regarding Military Commission Rulemaking.

February 16, 2011Coalition Letter Opposing Plan to Defund the Department of State Special Envoy to Guantanamo Bay

February 14, 2011Coalition Letter opposing sections 1112 and 1113 in H.R. 1, the House Continuing Resolution, which would impose a blanket ban on transfers of Guantanamo detainees, even for prosecution or resettlement or repatriation.

 

2010

 

October 4, 2010NACDL Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Procedure for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

July 28, 2010Coalition Letter opposing any blanket ban on transfers of Guantanamo detainees to the United States

July 27, 2010Coalition Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting congressional oversight of the FBI's operations pursuant to the 2008 Attorney General's Guidelines

May 17, 2010Coalition Letter to Attorney General Holder on Constitutional Rights of individuals in the United States suspected of terrorist activity by seeking to codify or expand the “public safety exception” to Miranda v. Arizona 

April 8, 2010Coalition Letter Opposing the Purchase of the Thomson Correctional Center for Purposes of Indefinite or Military Commission Detention 

April 5, 2010Coalition Letter Regarding Public Participation and the 2010 Manual for Military Commissions 

February 25, 2010Coalition Letter Opposing Any Motion to Recommit on the Intelligence Bill (HR 2701) That Would Bar Prosecution of Some Terrorism Defendants in Federal Criminal Court 

February 19, 2010Coalition Letter Opposing S 2977, Which Would Bar Prosecution of Some Terrorism Defendants in Federal Criminal Courts 

 

2009

 

November 17, 2009Coalition Letter to Oppose Inhofe Amendment (SA 2774) and DeMint Amendment (SA 2779) 

November 4, 2009Coalition Letter to Oppose Senate Amendment Barring Prosecutions in Federal Criminal Courts (SA 2669) 

October 29, 2009Coalition Letter in Support of the USA Patriot Amendments Act of 2009 (HR 3845) 

September 30, 2009Coalition Letter in Support of Amendments to the Reauthorization of the Patriot Act (S 1686) 

September 24, 2009Coalition Memo on Reviving the Military Commissions 

September 21, 2009Coalition Memo on Preventive Detention 

August 21, 2009Coalition Letter on Revisions to the Military Commissions Act in the Senate-Passed Version of the National Defense Authorization Act 

May 21, 2009Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Investigate Domestic Surveillance Laws 

May 20, 2009Coalition Letter in Support of the State Secrets Protection Act (S 417) 

May 19, 2009NACDL Letter of Support for the Equal Justice for Our Military Act (HR 569, S 357)