Don’t forget to fight FISA!

Most of us are still hung over from the giddy highs and dizzy falls from last night’s Super Tuesday battles between Clinton and Obama for those tough states in middle America (okay, maybe we’re not all hung over, and some of us probably don’t give a shit).

But even if we’re still reeling from the reality of Hillary’s competent lead in California (are you people batshit crazy?), we can’t ignore our civic duty when it comes to the FISA bill on the Senate floor.  There are a bunch of amendments that, if passed, ensure a Bush veto, so that FISA will not be passed with telecom immunity.  There are a couple amendments that would soften the bill and give Bush free “pass” confidence, which is what we don’t want.  We need to call our senators and tell them how we feel.  As mcjoan from Daily Kos said better than I:

 The debate has resumed on the Senate floor on these amendments. It is critical that as many as these amendments as possible pass–all of the veto-worthy amendments would pass on a simple majority vote (a majority of Senators voting, not a 50-vote threshold). Whitehouse’s minimization amendment, which apparently would be acceptable to the White House, would actually strengthen the bill significantly, and would be a good focus for our efforts.

But again, getting every vote possible for the basic amendments, including no telco amnesty, in the Senate will make the House’s defense of their version of the bill easier when it comes to conference. Keep the pressure up on those Dems. Contact your own Senators and also this list of Senators likely to be persuadable. Tell them (1) NO on telco amnesty, (2) NO basket warrants or reverse targeting, (3) sequestration of illegally harvested evidence, (4) make FISA the exclusive means of surveillance, and (5) vote for a 4 year sunset.

  • Bayh (202) 224-5623 phone, (202) 228-1377 fax
  • Byrd (202) 224-3954 phone, (202) 228-0002 fax
  • Carper (202) 224-2441 phone, (202) 228-2190 fax
  • Feinstein (202) 224-3841 phone, (202) 228-3954 fax
  • Inouye (202) 224-3934 phone, (202) 224-6747 fax
  • Johnson (202) 224-5842 phone, (605) 341-2207 fax
  • Kohl (202) 224-5653 (202) 224-9787
  • Landrieu (202)224-5824 phone, (202) 224-9735 fax
  • Lincoln (202) 224-4843 phone, (202) 228-1371 fax
  • McCaskill (202) 224-6154 phone, (202) 228-6326 fax
  • Mikulski (202) 224-4654 phone,  (202) 224-8858 fax
  • Nelson (FL) (202) 224-5274 phone, (202) 228-2183 fax
  • Nelson (NE) (202) 224-6551 phone, (202) 228-0012 fax
  • Pryor (202) 224-2353 phone, (202) 228-0908 fax
  • Rockefeller, (202) 224-6472 phone, (202) 224-7665 fax
  • Salazar (202) 224-5852 phone, (202) 228-5036 fax
  • Stabenow (202) 224-4822 phone, (202) 228-0325 fax
  • Chambliss (202) 224-3521 phone, (202) 224-0103 fax
  • Coleman (202) 224-5641 phone, (202) 224-1152 fax
  • Collins (202) 224-2523 phone, (202) 224-2693 fax
  • Dole (202) 224-6342 phone, (202) 224-1100 fax
  • Graham (202) 224-5972 phone, (202) 224-3808 fax
  • Lieberman (202) 224-4041 phone, (202) 224-9750 fax
  • McCain (202) 224-2235 phone, (202) 228-2862 fax
  • Smith (202) 224-3753 phone, (202) 228-3997 fax
  • Snowe (202) 224-5344 phone, (202) 224-1946 fax
  • Sununu (202) 224-2841 phone, (202) 228-4131 fax
  • Warner (202) 224-2023 phone, (202) 224-6295 fax
orangehairboy

Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

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