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Demand that the House Stand Firm on FISA

Gee, I'm a postin' fool today, but I need to pass this one along to you. From CREDO Mobile (formerly Working Assets Long Distance, my phone company):
Our hard fought victories on the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping program are in danger once again.

Earlier this year the House of Representatives—thanks in large part to pressure from the grassroots and the netroots—stood strong and refused to pass the Senate version of "FISA reform." That legislation, you'll recall, would have granted retroactive immunity to the Bush administration and the telecom companies that reportedly helped him eavesdrop on Americans without legally-required warrants.

Now, however, comes word that parts of the Democratic leadership in the House—most notably, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland—are negotiating with Bush's allies in Congress to push through "compromise" legislation—legislation that will give the administration practically everything they've asked for.

Click here to tell Speaker Pelosi: no compromises on illegal wiretapping.

There's simply no reason to rush into passing bad legislation now. Under the existing FISA law, our nation's intelligence agencies already have the tools they need to legitimately monitor terrorist communications.

The only reason Bush is trying so hard to push this bill through Congress before he leaves office is to prevent legal discovery of prior violations of the law—disclosures which would be detrimental to the administration and any telecom companies that assisted in the lawbreaking.

After you send Speaker Pelosi your message, please be sure to pass word along to a few friends as well. Every American should be outraged by the Bush administration's violations of our privacy—and the efforts by some in Congress to excuse that behavior after the fact.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Michael Kieschnick, President
CREDO Mobile

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May. 7th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I just checked my email spam folder and it's not there, either. Weird. I don't know why I didn't get it.
May. 7th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)

My guess is that legislators' e-mail systems filter duplicate messages into piles, with counts indicated. To throw my message into a different file, I rephrased their suggested wording to make it my own. I forgot to spell-check, and two typos slipped through. Oops. I still think they'll know what I meant.

No compromises on wiretapping

I disagree with the so-called "reform" that retroactively grants communications companies legal immunity for privacy invasions, violations of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act, and collaboration with others' violations of the Act.

Freeing major corporations from the consequences of their crimes is a subtle form of corporate welfare, but it's no less a case of corporate welfare than a targeted subsidy.

Because my mother-in-law lives in another country (Norway), and we have friends in various countries, we're particularly sensitive to intrusions on communications privacy.

Plase [Please] stand strong for the rule of law and protection of our Constutution [Constitution]. The long-standing FISA law offers a reasonable balance between law-enforcement needs and judicial oversight. Please don't upset that balance in favor the administration and its partners-in-crime.

Although I'm not in your district, you still represent me in your capacity as Speaker of the House. I appreciate your attention, and the hard work done by your staff members.

May. 8th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Good for you.
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