No Waterboarding. No Dictatorship. No Mukasey.

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Nov 1, 2007, 5:35:27 PM11/1/07
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In an impassioned floor speech opposing the nomination of Michael
Mukasey for Attorney General, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked:
"Will we join that gloomy historical line leading from the
Inquisition, through the prisons of tyrant regimes, through gulags and
dark cells, and through Saddam Hussein's torture chambers? Will that
be the path we choose?"

Mukasey refuses to say that waterboarding is torture because Dick
Cheney won't let him - otherwise he would have to prosecute Cheney
and Bush as war criminals . Mukasey also believes the President can
ignore FISA and the Constitution and wiretap American citizens without
a warrant, which makes the President a Dictator.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Mukasey next Tuesday. All
9 Republicans will support him, so all 10 Democrats must oppose him .
Joe Biden, Dick Durbin, and Sheldon Whitehouse already do, but the
others are undecided (Ben Cardin, Russ Feingold, Ted Kennedy, Herb
Kohl, and Pat Leahy) or leaning towards Mukasey (Dianne Feinstein and
Chuck Schumer).

Tell your Senators to oppose Mukasey:

Call the undecided Senators and report their responses:

Chuck Schumer is the key vote and he chairs the Democratic Senate
Campaign Committee - so if you give them money call 202-224-2447 to
say you will not contribute if Mukasey is confirmed.


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wiretapping since it was exposed by the New York Times in December
2005. We believe it must end immediately, we believe Cheney and Bush
should be impeached for it, and we believe everyone involved should be
punished through prosecution and lawsuits.

Senators Jay Rockefeller and Harry Reid do not agree with us. They are
working overtime on a bill to expand Bush's wiretap power and give
full immunity for all past crimes. But Senator Chris Dodd is outraged
and promises to filibuster the Rockefeller bill. Dodd gave a
tremendous speech on Friday and spoke for all of us.

Dodd needs 40 Senators to support his filibuster, so please write your


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