Friday, February 08, 2008

Keith Olbermann | Special Comment Regarding FISA

Original from 2/2/08 with update on 2/8/08 (below)

The cost of freedom is priceless.

This, Mr. Bush, is simple enough even for you to understand: If Congress approves a new FISA act without telecom immunity and sends it to your desk and you veto it - you, by your own terms and your own definitions, you will have just sided with the terrorists.

Ya gotta have this law, or we're all gonna die. But you might veto this law!

It's bad enough, sir, that you are demanding an ex post facto law which would clear the phone giants from responsibility for their systematic, aggressive, and blatant collaboration with your illegal and unjustified spying on Americans, under the flimsy guise of looking for any terrorists stupid enough to make a collect call or send a mass e-mail.
We need more libertarian thinking -- and people in office with those thoughts -- for the next three decades to undo what President Bush and the Republicans have done.

Update from 2-8-08

Important Phone Action: The Third And Final Stand Against Telecom Immunity, If They Want Yet Another Filibuster We'll Give It To Them.

Day, Another FISA Veto Threat By The Bully In The White House

Yesterday, Bush again put the self interest of himself and his giant telecom criminal co-conspirators above our national security, by threatening to veto the FISA update bill unless we gave them all get out of jail free cards. And if Congress were to bend over yet again, he would still probably veto it to demand even more changes and/or defy other major provisions with a signing statement, as he so outrageously did with the recent defense bill.

We must be just as relentless as the criminals who are working overtime to gut our constitution. We have had two successful filibust so far, and it looks like we're going to need a third. And we need strong opposition in the House too, for that is our last bulwark.

No Immunity of Any Kind Action Page: (anyone can use this link, includes local district phone number lookup for all your
members of Congress)

Facebook Version

Please AGAIN call all your members of Congress, toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-614-2803 or 866-340-9281, and submit the action pages above to back that up with an email message. 1) Tell them NO immunity, and while you are at it, them 2) no basket warrants or reverse targeting, 3) no sequestration of illegally harvested evidence, and Yes to 4) making FISA the exclusive means of surveillance.

The latest scam they are trying to run down on the American people is to retroactively lower the liability bar to some kind of flimsy "good faith" standard, the clear intent of which is to ensure that the telecoms get off the hook, another snaky end run around the law. Suppose a bank robber told a judge he had a good faith belief it was his own money. How far would that one fly? What part of NO immunity don't they get?

The American people deserve to know how far this is gone. We are not going to allow one of the most precious amendments in our Bill of Rights, the protection against unwarranted search, to be swept under the rug. And even beyond that, informed commentators believe that creating the Big Brother database of Cheney's dreams would in fact invite a nightmare of new national security vulnerabilities.

Dennis Kucinich Is Still Standing Strong

And what greater hero do we have than Dennis Kucinich, still standing strong as ever on every issue that matters. Here is his own leadership statement opposing telecom immunity

The veto threat by the President is just the latest example of the use of fear and intimidation -- in the name of "national security" - to secure legislative authority to violate the Constitutional rights and protections of American citizens. I strenuously object to any immunity for telecommunications companies and demand a full accounting of these companies' involvement to Congress and to the American public. When corporations cooperate with the government to strip people of their Constitutional rights, that is a textbook description of fascism. There must not be any place in America for this type of conduct.

And yet, even now, powerful corporations are pouring money into Dennis's district, to try to buy his seat out from under him by threatening him in his own primary. They are running malicious attack ads in heavy rotation. Please consider making a donation to Dennis now, to help him fight back.

Fight Back Dennis Donations:

And to thank you for standing with him, Dennis wants to send you his own special commemorative edition of the pocket Constitution with any donation of $100 or more. Remember, even if you had already donated the limit to his courageous presidential run, you can donate as much as another $2300 to the congressional seat defense. In fact, if you are so fortunate as to be able to contribute $1000 or more, Dennis will personally autograph your new pocket constitution for you.

Dennis would not be silenced and neither will we. We need more like Dennis Kucinich, not less. We need to protect the ones we've got with everything we've got.

So please, submit the action pages on telecom immunity, call all your members of Congress again and again, because that is the most important contribution of all. But if you also have to means to help Dennis continue to stand up for you, your contribution to him right now could make the critical difference.

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