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John Edwards on no amnesty for telco eavesdroppers

Just received the following mass email mailing from the John Edwards campaign:

Dear david,

When it comes to protecting the rule of law, words are not enough. We need action.

It’s wrong for your government to spy on you. That’s why I’m asking you to join me today in calling on Senate Democrats to filibuster revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would give “retroactive immunity” to the giant telecom companies for their role in aiding George W. Bush’s illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.

The Senate is debating this issue right now — which is why we must act right now. You can call your Senators here:

Edward M. Kennedy, (D): (202) 224-4543
John F. Kerry, (D): (202) 224-2742

Granting retroactive immunity is wrong. It will let corporate law-breakers off the hook. It will hamstring efforts to learn the truth about Bush’s illegal spying program. And it will flip on its head a core principle that has guided our nation since our founding: the belief that no one, no matter how well connected or what office they hold, is above the law.

But in Washington today, the telecom lobbyists have launched a full-court press for retroactive immunity. George Bush and Dick Cheney are doing everything in their power to ensure it passes. And too many Senate Democrats are ready to give the lobbyists and the Bush administration exactly what they want.

Please join me in calling on every Senate Democrat to do everything in their power — including joining Senator Dodd’s efforts to filibuster this legislation — to stop retroactive immunity and stand up for the rule of law. The Constitution should not be for sale at any price.

Thank you for taking action.

John Edwards
January 24, 2008

You can find your senators’ phone numbers here. (Disclosure: I sometimes get to talk wit the Edwards campaign about Net policy but had zero to do this with.) [Tags: ]

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4 Responses to “John Edwards on no amnesty for telco eavesdroppers”

  1. I called mine. The staff person of Sen. Menendez was enthusiastic in saying he supported making the telcos responsible. I was only able to leave a message at Sen. Lautenberg’s office.

  2. Due process, of course.

    But none of this would be happening if Richard Nixon had gone to prison.

    And the only way to prevent it happening again and again and again, escalating hugely each time, is for everyone who has broken the law to go to prison.

    Due process, of course.

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