Opposing Retroactive Immunity for Wire Tapping

I've just signed on to the petition circulated by the ACLU and phoned Webb and Warner's offices as requested by John Edwards. Thought I'd pass these initiatives on.

The ACLU is circulating a petition to Harry Reid to block bill to immunize telecom companies who violated the law. Here is the link if you want to sign on. ACLU petition

After engaging in an illegal, secret surveillance program, President Bush is in no position to make demands of anyone. Americans expect you to stand up for the Constitution and the rule of law. That means:

1. Rejecting telecom immunity: President Bush is demanding immunity for companies that broke the law when they handed over phone data and emails to the NSA without a warrant. He wants Congress to bury the truth by stopping lawsuits against the phone companies. When the phone companies are off the hook, Bush is off the hook, and there would be no incentive for companies to follow the law in the future.

2. Individual warrants for Americans: Surveillance tactics that allow the government to gather huge amounts of phone and email data on Americans without a warrant are unconstitutional and violate our American principles.

Americans expect you, the most powerful member of the Senate, to lead on this issue, not cave in to President Bush and his allies in Congress. Please don’t let us down.

I also got a request by mail from the Edwards Committee to call my senators and urge them not to support the bill. I find it a good sign that Edwards is assuming the mantle of opposition spokesman within the Democratic Party on current issues.

Dear Friend,

When it comes to protecting the rule of law, words are not enough. We need action.

It's wrong for your government to spy on you. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in calling on Senate Democrats to filibuster revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would give "retroactive immunity" to the giant telecom companies for their role in aiding George W. Bush's illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.

The Senate is debating this issue right now -- which is why we must act right now. You can call your Senators here:

Granting retroactive immunity is wrong. It will let corporate law-breakers off the hook. It will hamstring efforts to learn the truth about Bush's illegal spying program. And it will flip on its head a core principle that has guided our nation since our founding: the belief that no one, no matter how well connected or what office they hold, is above the law.

But in Washington today, the telecom lobbyists have launched a full-court press for retroactive immunity. George Bush and Dick Cheney are doing everything in their power to ensure it passes. And too many Senate Democrats are ready to give the lobbyists and the Bush administration exactly what they want.

Please join me in calling on every Senate Democrat to do everything in their power -- including joining Senator Dodd's efforts to filibuster this legislation -- to stop retroactive immunity and stand up for the rule of law. The Constitution should not be for sale at any price.

Thank you for taking action.

John Edwards,

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even though nearly everyone except his die hard dummies want him gone. But that won't happen for another 360 days, according to my Backwards Bush countdown clock. In those remaining days, we should expect him to do everything he can, whether the Constitution allows it not, to hide, cover up, delete, redact, obfuscate, misdirect, mislead or otherwise take his entire administration underground and off the public radar screen now and into the future.

Poor Bill Clinton, as smart as he is, was forced by the Republicans who controlled Congress at the time to submit to questions under oath. Bush, Cheney and Rove vowed never to let that happen to them; and so far, they've successfully avoided any hand-on-Bible moments.

Trying to achieve retroactive immunity at all costs to protect telecom companies who aided and abetted him with wire-tapping or to likewise immunize from US or Iraq law actions undertaken by private contractors, especially security guards, is job one for Bush and company.

As beleaguered, distrusted and despised as he is for the lion's share of the nation, Big Brother Bush still holds the hill of power. We see this with the failure of the US House to override his veto of the children's health insurance plan, or in the capitulation by Congressional Democrats in negotiating the current stimulus package to not be able to extend unemployment benefits or dole out a few bucks to the growing ranks of those considered poor.

FDR is rolling over in his grave because Democrats seem to fear fear itself. The fear they fear is their mistaken fear of how voters will react to the onslaught of Republican attack ads that will batter them on all fronts in the run for the White House when party standard bearers are finally chosen. The fear they should fear is the electoral blowback from voters who see them as weak-willed appeasers to the bully that is Bush. If it weren't for this misplaced fear, impeachment hearings would already be in progress, with the cheers of voters at their backs for finally having done what the Constitution calls for when presidents, vice presidents and their appointees lie, cheat and violate the law to start wars of choice not necessity.

If what this administration has done doesn't rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors, then the impeachment clause is worthless and should be removed from our nation's founding document. If elected officials can't see this, then they should be unelected; replaced by those who can see it and arn't fearful of doing something about it. We owe it to those of us who are living through it and to future generations who need to know why its there and when to use it.

So will Congressional Democrats stop Big Brother Bush's drive to escape office in January 2009 untouched and unblemished by having evaded being brought to justice? If the past is any indicator of the future, it appears Mr. Bush will have been able to be an ideologically rampaging bull in the world's china shop and not have to pay a penny for the destruction he caused while in office.

That song just goes round and round in my head... Its a Put On!

I signed the petition. I just sent in my phone bill payment to AT&T....and use this opportunity on a monthly basis to express my feelings to them. My brother who spent his whole life working for the phone company tells me no one cares there. No matter....at least the mailman knows how I feel!!!!!!!!!!!!