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ACT TODAY! - Spy Bill Creates 'Infrastructure for a Police State - Just because... Unite On Spy Bill

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Supporting ONE issue that is also aligned with the Democratic Party's platform, DOES NOT MAKE ONE A LIBERAL SOCIALIST PROSELYTE! ACTION [BELOW] NEEDED NOW!

This is exactly what "the" TWO parties want, BY DIVIDING US - THEY REMAIN IN CONTROL!

Senate Postpones Spy Bill Vote Until July 8
The Senate has put off until after the Fourth of July a controversial vote on a bill that would widen the government's spying powers and free the nation's telecoms from lawsuit filed by their customers, accusing the companies of helping the government illegally spy on Americans.

The delay until Tuesday July 8 gives the forces opposing the bill -- a coalition that includes Ron Paul-style Republicans, civil liberties groups and the left-leaning netroots - some time to organize a campaign against the bill. The bill could have been voted on before the Senate leaves for its Independence Day break some time Friday or Saturday.

The schedule for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 includes votes on three amendments. Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd, Russ Feingold and Patrick Leahy's amendment to strike telecom amnesty gets two hours of debate, as does Republican Senator Arlen Specter's amendment. An amendment from Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico) will get 60 minutes.




AT&T Whistleblower: Spy Bill Creates 'Infrastructure for a Police State'
Mark Klein, the retired AT&T engineer who stepped forward with the technical documents at the heart of the anti-wiretapping case against AT&T, is furious at the Senate's vote on Wednesday night to hold a vote on a bill intended to put an end to that lawsuit and more than 30 others.

[Wednesday]'s vote by Congress effectively gives retroactive immunity to the telecom companies and endorses an all-powerful president. It?s a Congressional coup against the Constitution.

The Democratic leadership is touting the deal as a "compromise," but in fact they have endorsed the infamous Nuremberg defense: "Just following orders." The judge can only check their paperwork. This cynical deal is a Democratic exercise in deceit and cowardice.

Klein saw a network monitoring room being built in AT&T's internet switching center that only NSA-approved techs had access to. He squirreled away documents and then presented them to the press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation after news of the government's warrantless wiretapping program broke. independently acquired a copy of the documents (.pdf) -- which were under court seal -- and published the wiring documents in May 2006 so that they could be evaluated.

The lawsuit that resulted from his documents is now waiting on the 9th U.S. Appeals Court to rule on whether it can proceed despite the government saying the whole matter is a state secret. A lower court judge ruled that it could, because the government admitted the program existed and that the courts could handle evidence safely and in secret.

But the appeals court ruling will likely never see the light of day, since the Senate is set to vote on July 8 on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which also largely legalizes Bush's warrantless wiretapping program by expanding how the government can wiretap from inside the United States without getting individualized court orders.

Klein continues:

Congress has made the FISA law a dead letter--such a law is useless if the president can break it with impunity. Thus the Democrats have surreptitiously repudiated the main reform of the post-Watergate era and adopted Nixon?s line: "When the president does it that means that it is not illegal." This is the judicial logic of a dictatorship.

The surveillance system now approved by Congress provides the physical apparatus for the government to collect and store a huge database on virtually the entire population, available for data mining whenever the government wants to target its political opponents at any given moment?all in the hands of an unrestrained executive power. It is the infrastructure for a police state.

Neither the House nor the Senate has had Klein testify, nor have telecom executives testified in open session about their participation.

The bill forces the district court judge handling the consolidated cases against telecoms to dismiss the suits if the Attorney General certifies that a government official sent a written request to a phone or internet provider, saying that the President approved the program and his lawyers deemed it legal. Judge Vaughn Walker of the California Northern District can ask to see the paperwork, but would not be given leeway to decide if the program was legal.

Wall Street Journal:
Paul Camp, Liberals Unite On Spy Bill
WASHINGTON -- The fight over immunity for telecom companies in domestic-spying legislation is creating an unexpected side effect: unity among liberal bloggers and Ron Paul supporters.

Liberal activists and supporters of the Texas Republican and former presidential candidate plan to join forces Thursday and begin a "money bomb" protest of lawmakers who support telecom immunity in the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act. During a "money bomb," grassroots activists donate money during a short period of time -- usually a day -- to create buzz and raise money for their candidate.

The effort is timed to coincide with a planned Senate vote ...

WSJ link:­

Friends of Freedom, (HELP CIRCULATE THIS!)

A vote is expected early next week on another terrible piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate ? the FISA Amendments Act.

This grossly unconstitutional piece of legislation would enable the President, acting through the Attorney General, to spy on the people of the United States (including physical searches or homes and workplaces) without a warrant.

It would also ?provide full retroactive amnesty to lawbreaking telecoms, thus forever putting an end to any efforts to investigate and obtain a judicial ruling regarding the Bush administration's years-long illegal spying programs aimed at Americans?.­

This bill is an outrage and an assault on our freedoms and the Constitution. PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS ON MONDAY AND LET THEM KNOW YOU OPPOSE THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT.


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