FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2005 Marc Rotenberg EPIC Executive Director (202) 483-1140 ext. 106 firstname.lastname@example.org Marcia Hofmann Director, EPIC Open Government Project (202) 483-1140 ext. 112 email@example.com EPIC TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON PATRIOT ACT REAUTHORIZATION Will Release Documents Obtained from the FBI WASHINGTON, DC - The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, December 13 to discuss documents it received from the FBI concerning the Patriot Act. The event will be held at 10:00 am at the Fund for Constitutional Government, 122 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC. The building is directly across the street from the US Supreme Court. Congress is considering this week whether to renew key provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215, the so-called "library records provision." Since 2001, EPIC has pursued a careful but determined strategy to uncover documents about the government's use of the Patriot Act. The Washington-based privacy organization has obtained internal emails, agency memos, and reports from FBI field offices about the use of the Patriot Act. The documents recently obtained by EPIC were released in response to a lawsuit filed against the Department of Justice earlier this year under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The documents revealed investigations conducted for months without proper reporting or oversight, an FBI agent's seizure of financial records in violation of federal privacy law, and an unidentified intelligence agency's unlawful physical search. Other documents suggest that the FBI has sought to "bypass" an internal procedure for reviewing the legal basis for section 215 searches. Last month, a federal judge ordered the FBI to provide more information about the use of the Patriot Act to EPIC. Judge Gladys Kessler stated the FBI's responses to EPIC's request so far "have been unnecessarily slow and inefficient." EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said that the recent revelations raise new questions about Patriot Act renewal. "Congress should not reauthorize the Patriot Act until these questions are resolved," said Mr. Rotenberg. EPIC staff counsel Marcia Hofmann said that under Judge Kessler's timetable, EPIC could reasonably expect to receive the documents requested in the next few months. EPIC's FOIA request (pdf): http://www.epic.org/redirect/fbi_foia_request.html EPIC FOIA documents on possible intelligence abuses (pdf): http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/usapatriot/foia/iob.pdf Judge Kessler's Order (pdf): http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/usapatriot/kessler_order.pdf EPIC's PATRIOT FOIA Page: http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/usapatriot/foia/ .