Monday, January 28, 2008

Info on Bushies' attempt to protect themselves from litigation

Stud Farmhand of Palouse Diary posted this backup information in the comments of my Retroactive Immunity post. Thanks Estu, you rock.

Now your emails, letters, and phone messages can be specific and targeted. Remember, handwritten letters are weighed heavily with lawmakers, but when backed up with emails and phone calls they are best.
OK, I have tracked this down and it is a provision of the PAA additions to the FIAS. Here is the email I just sent to our senators from WA:

I want to signal my vehement opposition to several aspects of the Protect America Act.

1. I am completely opposed to the lack of meaningful judicial oversight of surveillance authorized under this program.
1a, I feel that granting sole power to the executive to authorize such surveillance violates the separation of powers
1b. I am concerned that the private companies so authorized will exceed the scope of surveillance allowed by this law, and abuse the ability to surveil for their own purposes
2. I am opposed to giving US contractors immunity from local law when working oversees.
3. I am opposed to granting immunity to US officials as allowed for in the proposed legislation.

I ask you to support the current filibuster as well as to ensure that any law passed to extend amendmnet to FISA address the above concerns. Civil liberties are a defining issue for me and one which determines how I vote. Your support for civil liberties will go a long way towards earning my support of your next reelection.

Enjoy the relaxation and release from tension that quick, appropriate action can provide,


1 comment:

Stu Farnham said...

I just hope they don't take points of for misspellings!