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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Act Now to Stop Warrantless Wiretapping

Jame Risen of The New York Times reports:
Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government’s electronic wiretapping powers.

Democratic leaders have expressed a new willingness to work with the White House to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make it easier for the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on some purely foreign telephone calls and e-mail. Such a step now requires court approval.

It would be the first change in the law since the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants became public in December 2005.

This is an outrage. Bush has provided no evidence that his illegal domestic spying scheme has made Americans safer against terrorism, and congressional Democrats appear likely to cave in to his demands. Worse yet, I have not been able to find any details of this legislation. Congress should not rush to pass any legislation amending FISA without allowing citizens to review and comment on it.

Please call or e-mail your members of Congress today and tell them not to rush to enact any legislation that would amend FISA. The ACLU provides talking points and an action alert that makes it easy to find your members' contact information. If you are a liekly Democratic primary voter, please contact Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Joseph Biden. These for senators are running for president. Let them know that if they want your presidential vote next year, they will not vote to amend FISA before the August recess.

3 Comments:

Blogger Northwest_Territory Blogger said...

How familiar with the issue are you? Just what you've read on Daily Kos?

FISA was never intended to cover foreign intelligence. This only became an issue when a FISA Judge ruled that traffic that originates AND ends in non-US territory but travels through fiber optic cable or routers on US territry the traffic should be covered by FISA warrants. Sounds like a judicial expansion of FISA not one by the Bush Administration

1:12 PM, August 09, 2007  
Blogger Jason Sonenshein said...

"How familiar with the issue are you? Just what you've read on Daily Kos?"

I actually can't remember the last time I read the Daily Kos.

"FISA was never intended to cover foreign intelligence."

Oh, I guess that's why it's called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

8:13 AM, August 11, 2007  
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