Stop the National Wiretap Plan!
The Electronic Privacy Information Center
has launched a national campaign
to oppose funding for a wiretap plan adopted by Congress last year. The
The wiretap plan, also known as the Communications Assistance for Law
Enforcement Act of 1994, requires telephone firms to make it easy to
wiretap the nation's communication system. The proposal faced strong
opposition from industry and civil liberties organizations last year. But the
bill went forward after the government offered to pay companies $500,000,000
to make the proposed changes. EPIC believes that the government has failed to
justify the $500,000,000 price tag.
EPIC is asking Congress to stop funding of the proposal. EPIC asks that readers
contact their member of Congress to ask them to vote against funding this
proposal. EPIC has also established a "Privacy Hotline" through Western Union.
The 800 number service will allow callers to send Western Union Mailgrams(r)
to members of Congress expressing opposition to the wiretap plan. The cost
for callers to send the letters is $10. Callers can be billed either to their
telephone number or to a credit card.
o EPIC's Press Release
on the campaign.
o Comprehensive file
of material including budget docs, Freeh testimony, and
a sample letter.
o Federal Register Notice
implimenting the Act.
o FBI Director's Freeh's recent testimony
(3/30/95) on the CALEA and banning
o Administration budget documents on the CALEA (forthcoming).
o The text of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994
o EPIC Statement
on FBI Wiretap Bill enactment.
for more information (same as comprehensive file).
Groups Sponsoring the Campaign
American Civil Liberties Union
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Archived CPSR Information
Created before October 2004