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
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