Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ACLU To Dispute FISA

Image credit: National Archives

This is the Constitution. The Senate didn't miss its chance to take a dump on it today. We'll go over the results later, but for now, I'll just say that there are about seventy Senators who don't remember the oath they took. Either that, or they thought it all pretty funny.

It's almost like non-news, but the American Civil Liberties Union is going to take the new abortion of a FISA law to court:

Today elected officials in Washington sold out the Constitution -- again.

Cowed by the Bush administration's pre-election scare tactics, the Senate passed privacy-stealing FISA legislation undermining your Fourth Amendment rights.

It's outrageous, unconstitutional and un-American. That's why the ACLU is prepared to challenge this law the moment George Bush signs it -- and you can rest assured, they'll be meeting our lawyers in court.

Our lawsuit will send a powerful message to those in Congress who played it safe when they had the opportunity to defend the Constitution. You can join the ACLU in sending that message by signing on to our ad letting Congress know that if they won't stand up for freedom, you and the ACLU will.

We'll be taking out a full-page ad in a major national newspaper announcing our lawsuit and expressing our outrage at this abandonment of Constitutional principles. Our goal is to run an ad that contains the names of tens of thousands of Americans who believe in the Constitution and want Congress to hear us loud and clear: next time, stand up for our rights.

Click here to include your name in the ACLU's FISA newspaper ad.

The bill that Congress passed and George Bush is about to sign codifies a Nixonian view on executive power that states, "if a president does it, it is not illegal." The ACLU doesn't believe that, and I'm guessing you don't either.

Letter From ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero

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Yes, I guess you could say I don't believe that. I'd like to think that there are millions of us out there who are aware that the reason there's a Constitution and a Bill of Rights is that without it we'd just be another banana republic. Maybe if the prostitutes who voted for this bill today saw an ad with hundreds of thousands of names on it, they'd finally realize how badly they've fucked up.

If you value your freedom, click here and stand up for it. If you don't agree, or don't value it, then hit the back button and go back to wherever you came from.


Anonymous said...

Great opening paragraph. Sadly correct as well.

Anonymous said... don't know what happened there, but that comment was *definitely* not anonymous.

Taylor Marsh

Cujo359 said...

Hi, Taylor. Yes, I don't know about this OpenID stuff. It works for some folks, but not for others. Shoephone hasn't been able to comment here as herself since they implemented it.

Anyway, yes, it's sadly correct, that's for sure. Thanks for the kind words.

One Fly said...

Cujo, try sending that person under permissions an invitation on blog readers. You have to choose "only these readers" send it then go back and change it to anybody. It worked for a me when someone could not comment but they weren't using open id.

Cujo359 said...

At the moment, I can't reach your blog at all. You may not have quite reversed the thing.

One Fly said...

That's what happened. Couldn't get there myself. Thought I reversed it but must not of. Thanks.