I spent about two hours last night perusing the internet about the FISA bill. The reaction to the ACLU’s announcement that we will go to court to stop this law has been swift and overwhelmingly positive, so I’d like to share the email sent last night to national’s listserv.
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.
This is not a “compromise,” as some in Congress would have us believe. The only thing they compromised is your freedom. Donate to the ACLU, and stand up for your rights.
The FISA Amendments Act allows for mass, untargeted and warrantless surveillance of all communications coming into and out of the United States. And to top it off, it hands immunity to telecom companies for their role in domestic spying. This means your phone calls can be tapped and emails read with virtually no proof of threat, and there’s no chance to learn how the telecoms invaded your privacy.
It’s outrageous, unconstitutional and un-American. That’s why the ACLU is prepared to challenge this unconstitutional law the moment President Bush signs it — and you can rest assured they’ll be meeting our lawyers in court.
Help the ACLU protect your privacy. Donate now to the ACLU to defend your rights.
In one fell swoop, Congress has not only legalized the Bush administration’s secret NSA spying program, it has given the government even more power to listen to our phone calls and read our emails than even the Bush administration illegally claimed for itself under its secret program. And, by granting telecoms immunity, it greatly harmed the chances of ever learning the extent of the administration’s lawless actions.
Stand with the ACLU in defending your rights. Support the ACLU’s lawsuit and all of our other critical work defending the Constitution.
While politicians lack resolve, the ACLU and its supporters do not. Stand with the ACLU by making a gift today.
In defense of freedom,
Anthony D. Romero
Andy in Harrisburg