Tell U.S. Senate to Reject Telecom Immunity

From: Dave D.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:51 AM
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Tell U.S. Senate to Reject Telecom Immunity

Consider for a moment that your government has engaged in widespread spying on Americans' phone calls and emails. Consider further that many of this nation's telecommunications companies knowingly helped the government with this surveillance.

Now how would you feel if these telecommunications companies were granted complete immunity against lawsuits brought by customers whose privacy rights were violated?

We hope you feel -- as we do -- that this would be entirely inappropriate. If you do, we urge you to take a minute and send an email to your U.S. senators before they vote on this issue as early as tomorrow (January 24).

Take action by clicking on the following link:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=22486

Starting in 2001, the Bush administration's National Security Agency engaged in a massive warrantless wiretapping program in violation of our Constitution. The administration blatantly ignored laws and procedures under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) designed to protect the privacy rights of citizens.

The government could not have conducted this warrantless surveillance without assistance from the nation's telecommunications companies, which willingly -- and, quite likely, illegally -- turned over customer records to the government. The claims by these companies that they were acting in the best interests of the country in order to enhance national security have been undermined by recent reports that government wiretaps have been cut off by the very same companies when the government failed to pay its bills on time.[1]

It seems the telecommunications companies care more about their profits than our protection.

The U.S. House has already passed an update to FISA that does NOT include immunity for the telecommunications companies. As the Senate considers its own legislation, it is imperative that it exclude immunity, as well.

Please convey this message to your two senators by clicking on the following link:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2165/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=22486

Thank you for taking action.

Best,

Steve



Steve Fox
Campaign Director
American Freedom Campaign

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