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Feb 7, 2008, 4:20:22 PM2/7/08
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Demand your representative uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

Email your representatives now.
<http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=a560BLFmVe0t00Tm8XTquA..>

The House must not fail freedom

Once again, the Senate is getting ready to fail freedom. They’re close
to passing a dangerous and unconstitutional FISA bill that allows
warrantless government eavesdropping on American citizens and grants
immunity to giant phone companies. All eyes now turn to the House.

Only bold, decisive action from a sizable bloc of House members -- led
by the Congressional Progressive Caucus -- can stop warrantless
wiretapping of Americans and telecom immunity from becoming the law of
the land.

Tell your representative to oppose telecom immunity and warrantless
wiretapping. <http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=hv7WgIcoPclWVd9DhPA9gA..>

Then, because time is short, follow up with a phone call.
<http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=8zz-TOtUJPLxM09kat2YXA..>

If the House caves, a bill that ignores the Constitution, condones
overreaching executive branch power grabs and provides immunity to phone
companies that sold out our privacy will soon reach President Bush’s desk.

If that happens, you can rest assured that the minute Mr. Bush reaches
for his pen, ACLU lawyers will be headed to court. Because wherever this
fight leads us, we will not let unconstitutional violations of our due
process and privacy rights go unchallenged.

Now, though, is no time to concede defeat in Congress.

Demand your representative uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.
<http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=UM3j-1C36g0_-DbZ_r76hA..>

I know we have contacted you repeatedly through all the twists and turns
of this long-running and frequently frustrating FISA debate. We deeply
appreciate your willingness to keep fighting for the Constitution right
alongside the ACLU.

This may well be the last time we ask for your help before Congress
takes decisive action. It is also one of the most important times we’ve
turned to you. It is urgent that you immediately voice your commitment
to the Constitution.

With you at our side, the ACLU will stand firm -- in Congress and in the
courts -- to defend our core American principles.

Thank you for standing with us.

Sincerely,

Caroline Fredrickson, ACLU
Caroline Fredrickson, Director
ACLU Washington Legislative Office

P.S. The Senate has not yet finalized its spying bill, but it has become
clear to me and our lobbyists in Washington that Senate capitulation is
only a matter of time.

That’s why your representative needs to hear from you right now.
<http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=m5ajWt-VZelN3eHWl5K1gw..>

For more details, you can read my recent statement here.
<http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=jd4Ir4WdHvtXqThu-K0xxw..>

© ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004

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Feb 8, 2008, 3:16:44 AM2/8/08
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Important Phone Action: The Third And Final Stand Against Telecom
Immunity, If They Want Yet Another Filibuster We'll Give It To Them

Another Day, Another FISA Veto Threat By The Bully In The White House

Yesterday, Bush again put the self interest of himself and his giant
telecom criminal co-conspirators above our national security, by
threatening to veto the FISA update bill unless we gave them all get
out of jail free cards. And if Congress were to bend over yet again,
he would still probably veto it to demand even more changes and/or
defy other major provisions with a signing statement, as he so
outrageously did with the recent defense bill.

We must be just as relentless as the criminals who are working
overtime to gut our constitution. We have had two successful
filibusters so far, and it looks like we're going to need a third. And
we need strong opposition in the House too, for that is our last
bulwark.

No Immunity of Any Kind Action Page: http://www.usalone.com/no_telecom_immunity2.php
(anyone can use this link, includes local district phone number lookup
for all your members of Congress)

Facebook Version: http://apps.facebook.com/fb_voices/action.php?qnum=pnum797
(for this link must be a member of Facebook and logged in)

Please AGAIN call all your members of Congress, toll free at
800-828-0498, 800-614-2803 or 866-340-9281, and submit the action
pages above to back that up with an email message. 1) Tell them NO
immunity, and while you are at it, them 2) no basket warrants or
reverse targeting, 3) no sequestration of illegally harvested
evidence, and Yes to 4) making FISA the exclusive means of
surveillance.

The latest scam they are trying to run down on the American people is
to retroactively lower the liability bar to some kind of flimsy "good
faith" standard, the clear intent of which is to ensure that the
telecoms get off the hook, another snaky end run around the law.
Suppose a bank robber told a judge he had a good faith belief it was
his own money. How far would that one fly? What part of NO immunity
don't they get?

The American people deserve to know how far this is gone. We are not
going to allow one of the most precious amendments in our Bill of
Rights, the protection against unwarranted search, to be swept under
the rug. And even beyond that, informed commentators believe that
creating the Big Brother database of Cheney's dreams would in fact
invite a nightmare of new national security vulnerabilities.

Dennis Kucinich Is Still Standing Strong

And what greater hero do we have than Dennis Kucinich, still standing
strong as ever on every issue that matters. Here is his own leadership
statement opposing telecom immunity

The veto threat by the President is just the latest example of the use
of fear and intimidation -- in the name of "national security" - to
secure legislative authority to violate the Constitutional rights and
protections of American citizens. I strenuously object to any immunity
for telecommunications companies and demand a full accounting of these
companies' involvement to Congress and to the American public. When
corporations cooperate with the government to strip people of their
Constitutional rights, that is a textbook description of fascism.
There must not be any place in America for this type of conduct.

And yet, even now, powerful corporations are pouring money into
Dennis's district, to try to buy his seat out from under him by
threatening him in his own primary. They are running malicious attack
ads in heavy rotation. Please consider making a donation to Dennis
now, to help him fight back.

Fight Back Dennis Donations: http://www.usalone.com/fight_back_kucinich2.php

And to thank you for standing with him, Dennis wants to send you his
own special commemorative edition of the pocket Constitution with any
donation of $100 or more. Remember, even if you had already donated
the limit to his courageous presidential run, you can donate as much
as another $2300 to the congressional seat defense. In fact, if you
are so fortunate as to be able to contribute $1000 or more, Dennis
will personally autograph your new pocket constitution for you.

Dennis would not be silenced and neither will we. We need more like
Dennis Kucinich, not less. We need to protect the ones we've got with
everything we've got.

So please, submit the action pages on telecom immunity, call all your
members of Congress again and again, because that is the most
important contribution of all. But if you also have to means to help
Dennis continue to stand up for you, your contribution to him right
now could make the critical difference.

Paid for by the Re-Elect Congressman Kucinich Committee

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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