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Fourth Falls From FISA Foolery

Friends know that I am passionate on this subject. Maybe you saw this entry earlier this year. Shit, I personally called Congressional representatives and Senators from my state to voice my stand and my wishes for their votes to reflect my view of yet another incremental whittling of our rights. Our Constitutionally protected right to privacy.

(Read Arizona's 6th District Representative, Republican Jeff Flake's response to my phone call asking him to vote against the bill)

The 4th amendment to the United States Constitution which reads:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
has been dramatically sidestepped in the passing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform bill in both houses of congress earlier this month. A bill that retroactively grants immunity to phone companies that broke the law at the behest of the Bush Administration and gave phone records to the White House and DoJ without court-ordered warrants as mandated in the 4th amendment's protection against such unlawful seizures. All the while assuring that such practices will become the commonplace.

There are some hopes that a repeal could be affected. The ACLU and EFF are filing lawsuits to challenge the law. And there is something We The People can still do as well. We can run ads.

That's right, run TV ads, to be specific. Check this out:
For as little as $6 you, too, can run a real-live political ad on your local cable TV market. Tell people that you want liberty to stand for something other than fear and domestic spying. You see, privacy is not about having something to hide. Privacy is our right to live safely WITHOUT fear of our own government peering over our shoulder or listening to our phone calls.

Vote like your life depends on it this November. Tell Washington DC that they have no business in your business.


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Aug. 11th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Very impressive!
Wow...you sure got quite the response. I think it's awesome that you are channeling your passion into something positive. The scary thing is that George Orwell's 1984 has become a reality and we need to take a stand.

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