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Monday, August 21, 2006

Stop the Cheney-Specter Wiretapping Bill

Demand Accountability This issue is critical in holding Bush and his cabal of criminals accountable.   Where they have broken the law, they should be held responsible to their oath of office.   No more -- No less...   - fc

Update :: SUCCESS •   This bill was killed in committee as reported by The Jurirt.   With a few Dems and even a couple of Republicans growing a spine and distancing themselves for the catastrophe that is Bush, the American People can declare a victory for justice in the defeat of this bill.   It is not over but this is a major victory for the netroots.   Thanks to all who have participated in this effort.   - ƒç

Stop the Cheney-Specter Wiretapping Bill
August 20, 2006

In a clear victory for our constitutional rights, a federal court recently found the President's warrantless domestic wiretapping program to be unlawful and unconstitutional. (Working Assets is proud to have supported the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that resulted in this judgment.)

However, Senator Arlen Specter has worked closely with Vice President Cheney to develop a bill that would cede even more power to the executive branch -- and tries to strip us of our Fourth Amendment right not to be wiretapped without a warrant.

Specter's bill, S. 2453, would give the Administration new authority to obtain blanket "warrants" for its domestic wiretapping program -– as well as for any other wiretapping programs it desires. Once it obtains this blanket permission, the Administration would apparently be exempt from the Fourth Amendment's requirement to show a reason for each wiretap and obtain a warrant. (The legislation does not directly address the fact that the wiretapping program was just declared unconstitutional in a U.S. District Court.)

S. 2453 would also:

* Send all court cases involving warrantless surveillance –- including cases currently pending in Federal courts -- to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which is completely off-limits to lawyers without the highest security clearances.
* Allow these cases to be dismissed for "any reason" with no chance for appeal.
* Remove other protections, enabling the White House to freely conduct data-mining of your private information.

Simply stated, if we want to preserve the Fourth Amendment to our U.S. Constitution, this bill must not be allowed to pass the Senate.

NO on S. 2453

I'm writing to you because I am simply appalled at Senator Specter's S. 2453, and I strongly urge you and your colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to vote no on this legislation.

The President's warrantless wiretapping is a clear violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) -- and was also recently found unconstitutional by a federal court. What's more, the FBI has clearly stated that this program provided no information of value, and needlessly diverted agents from more important counterterrorism investigations.

Now, Senator Specter's bill would permanently legalize this warrantless wiretapping -- making a mockery of the Fourth Amendment. The President doesn't need a blank check; he simply needs to act within the letter of the FISA law. Additionally, you need to step up and fulfill your constitutional role of checks and balances before our freedoms are irretrievably diminished.

Sincerely,


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  • I am totally disgusted by the Republican Party. They let 9/11 happen. They lied to the world to go to war. They violated our rights time after time. They accuse anyone who doesn't subscribe to their christian-conservative-right-wing-republican-natzi regime of being a traitor.
    The Supreme Court said the warrantless wiretaps would be legal if they were sanctioned by Congress. This is the Republican strategy to abide by the law. It makes me sick.

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  • Time for an update. I understand that Specter was forced to pull this bill, yesterday, because a handful of nervous Republicans on the committee joined up with the Democrats, to stop the bill.

    By Blogger Carl Osgood, at 9/08/2006 5:45 PM  

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    The Bush re-election wasn't 4 more years for him, but 4 more years of resistance for you.

    KEEP THE FAITH!

    By Blogger Hendo!, at 9/09/2006 1:26 PM  

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    By Anonymous Political Grind, at 9/10/2006 5:32 PM  

  • Another update: The bill passed the Judiciary Committee, yesterday, by a 10 to 8 vote, strictly on party lines. It now goes to the floor along with two related bills. If you want more details, feel free to email me. I was at the committee markup.

    By Blogger Carl Osgood, at 9/14/2006 7:23 PM  

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