Sunday, March 30, 2008

You knew I wasn't going to let this drop

Warrantless wiretapping, retroactive immunity, Operation Total Information Awareness, passport file breaches, a toothless Oversight Operations Board stacked with cronies. Each a head on the monster that is the Bush administration's approach to intelligence, one in which political expediency trumps the Constitution every time. Trying to get a grasp on the magnitude of what we already know about the administration's efforts to break down the wall between foreign and domestic spying and to end all oversight of those activities either by Congress or the Judiciary is an enormous task.

--Mcjoan at Daily Kos

FISA and all the issues related to it have not gone away, nor will they. As the slogan goes: "Freedom Isn't Free." That means more than that some people risk, and sometimes love, their lives in its defense. It means none of us can take if for granted and we all need to do our part to preserve our constitutional government and the values on which the nations was founded. Part of that is debunking some of the values that folks would like to add to or substitute for our nation's values (such as crap that leads toward theocracy, just to name one that's a sore issue for me).

We the People must be vigilant, responsible, and outspoken if we want to maintain our freedoms.

Mcjoan, who has done so much to track the FISA debate, put up an article today that includes an interview with Sen. Ron Wyden of the Senate Intelligence Committee plus information on one the largest-scale poll on warrantless wiretapping so far.

Guess what?

Even after hearing the administration's arguments on not tying their hands,"62% say the government should have to get a warrant from a court before wiretapping Americans’ international conversations." It's not like the American people don't know that our legal system calls for warrants!

We need to keep up the pressure on Congress to stand firm for our Constitution. You CAN protect America AND follow the law.

Go read it all here.
--the BB

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