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The now delayed final vote on the FISA bill is scheduled for AFTER the holiday on July 8th. The bill contains retroactive immunity from prosecution for the telecom giants who illegally allowed access to all YOUR telephone records without a search warrant. It is like a bankrobber who KNOWS his crime is against the law and does it anyway, then goes to Congress and gets them to pass a law saying it WASN'T a crime AFTER the fact. It is so bizarre as to be laughable if it weren't happening in our country at this very moment.

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Dianne's staff says that she "hasn't made up her mind" how she'll vote on this. THAT says it all. This should be a no-brainer for our senior Senator, but she continues to carry the water for the corporations and the defense establishment, reminding us of the Project Censored call out of her conflict of interest and husband's potential profit from her votes by The Byrne Report, published in the Bohemian.

At our meeting last Saturday, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles voted to send a letter to our senior senator to urge her to filibuster AGAINST this bill as our junior Senator Barbara Boxer has said she will do. The letter has hand delivered to her Los Angeles office this week and included 16 pages of signatures gathered within a few hours. We hope that more people will sign on/print out/fax to her at 202-228-3954, 310-914-7318, 619-231-1108, 559-485-9689, and 415-393-0710 (SF and hardest to get through to), or write your own as did the Chair of our LA County Democratic Party. To CALL, her DC # is 202-224-3841. To e-mail go to feinstein/senate/gov. I don't know if anything will turn her around, but I had heard that the censure from 3 caucuses at the CA convention got her attention (this was for her vote for Mukasey as Atty Gen--you know, the guy who doesn't know that waterboarding is torture).

June 23, 2008

Senator Dianne Feinstein
c/o District Director Trevor Daley
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Senator Feinstein,

We are writing with great concern regarding reports the Democratic leadership has struck a deal which will further erode civil liberties by circumventing the original FISA laws, and we ask that you not only oppose this new FISA bill but that you filibuster its advancement in the Senate.

We are deeply disappointed in our Party and its leadership for capitulating to the Bush administration with this utterly unnecessary legislation--but you are our Senator, from the great and progressive state of California, and as your constituents we have a right to expect better leadership from you.

We wish to note that in an official statement regarding a previous FISA bill, you defended the telecom industry, stating they had no choice but to break the law--but in this you were incorrect. They did have a choice, proven by the fact that Qwest chose to obey the Constitution rather than wiretap without proper FISA warrants. We would also remind you that the telecoms’ illegal activity began at least seven months before the attacks of 9/11.

We need better answers and better representation from our senior Senator. It was with great pain that, last year, we moved several California Democratic Party caucuses to censure you for your approval of an Attorney General who condoned torture, and for your previous support for telecom immunity. We would prefer not to censure you again, but to instead applaud you for doing what is right and protecting our Constitution rather than protecting corporations and the Bush administration. We ask you to stand with the vast majority of your constituents who side with the rule of law.

Thank you.

Michael Jay, Delegate, California Democratic Party, 42nd Assembly District, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Co-Chair
Ricco Ross, California Democratic Party, 42nd Assembly District, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Co-Chair
Linda Sutton, Delegate CDP, 41st AD, Vice-Chair, PDLA,UTLA House of Reps
Marcy Winograd, Co-Founder, PDLA; CDP Executive Board Rep, 41st AD

Originally posted to tenayaca on Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 11:02 PM PDT.

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  •  DiFi doesn't care (9+ / 0-)

    Does not care what you or the "several California Democratic Party caucuses" think. She thought the last censure cabal was a joke. She is not a liberal or progressive, but a moderate who is very independent. She may be too much of a centrist for those of us here, but she probably represents the mainstream of California voters.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 11:10:00 PM PDT

  •  Wow... (6+ / 0-)

    Dianne Feinstein makes a craven decision favoring corporations and the government over the people.

    I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

    It's an embarassment that she is the Senator for my state.

    Note that I didn't say "my Senator." I've never cast a vote for her. Not that I've voted for any of her opponents, they've all been OC megachurch whackjobs. But I have not, and will not, cast a vote for her.


    •  She probably makes her decisions (0+ / 0-)

      in some smoke filled room. And that's not just now that all there's smoke throughout northern California.

      "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

      by jfern on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 02:25:54 AM PDT

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  •  Dianne Feinstein? That bitch... (4+ / 0-)
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    soros, Giodude, palantir, shortgirl

    If they combed her hair out, they'd probably find the Lindbergh baby.

    (h/t Joan Rivers)

  •  I am contacting her as well (3+ / 0-)
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    GW Chimpzilla, Alan Arizona, tenayaca

    She sent me a bunch of op ed articles about how great a choice Mukasey was after I sent her a letter about my opposition to his confirmation. I now need to rub her nose in that bs and explain the elementary reasons for her not to support Mr 28%. Somehow I think she will not listen to me...
    She really needs to retire.

    •  she has four more years... (1+ / 0-)
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      Better to start camping out in her nearest office. Organize groups of people of like mind and go on in. You're PAYING for all these offices she has strung out across the state. And you're paying for all the staff who are there to service YOUR NEEDS.

      She DOESN'T LISTEN. I agree. That's why it must be louder and more consistent. We must bird dog her every move, take pans and beat them like they did in Argentina. Disrupt her public events, the few she does.

      She's not retiring anytime soon enough.

  •  I've already call her office on this (6+ / 0-)

    She doesn't care.

    She's a pro-corporate big-business liberal, which is to say, a conservative.

  •  Ugh...the writing was on the wall with her... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...a long time ago.

    Two Jewish female senators, one a liberal, one a complete sell-out. Not that I can discern a reason for that, of course.  It should have been apparent when she opposed a domestic partnership ordinace as mayor.  She will never be willing to step out and support liberal causes.

    Primary her.  That's the best you can do. And btw, calling her a "bitch" is extremely counterproductive.  Just oppose her for her policies.  That's enough.  She's a disgrace.

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      The problem with all these princes and princesses is that they rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions and blow away any challengers by the sheer size of their warchests. Then they band together and WON'T SUPPORT anyone who runs against one of their own. We saw that 2 years ago with the pro-peace candidacy of Marcy Winograd against Jane Harman. NO ONE in the entire peace caucus in the House would break with this "tradition."

      CLEAN MONEY is one answer to this problem. But when we will be get it is anyone's guess. And we're losing the fragments of what is left of the democracy very fast now.

      •  It's not just about money, though (1+ / 0-)
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        obviously that's a huge part of it; as Marcy's husband, I saw this up close.   We're relatively certain that at least some of the more progressive Congressional (and other SoCal office-holding) incumbents had to be more sympathetic to Marcy's vision and positions than Harman's, but in addition to Harman's huge war chest, there is also the revenge factor.   People fully expected Harman to be vindictive in the (relatively likely) case that she prevailed.  If Harman won the primary and the Dems went on to take a House majority (as did happen), then Harman could have been a powerful player in getting and assigning and denying perks of office.  And outside of Congress, any LA officeholder who supported Marcy and needed a federal favor?   Fuhgeddaboudit.    Didn't have to actually hear these reasons out loud to know they played a role. . .

        "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

        by Budlawman on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 11:28:38 AM PDT

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    •  Pointing out she's Jewish is also..... (0+ / 0-)

      "extremely counterproductive". What difference does that make? There's Dem neoCons of all faiths and types, and she is one.

      ..better that money be spent in the U.S. building windmills than squandered in the ME for Bush-McCain to tilt at them. -andydoubtless

      by Hornito on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 05:11:30 AM PDT

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  •  WE CARE and we need to TRY. (5+ / 0-)

    I've spent the better part of the last few years hammering on Henry Waxman, my congressman, and almost gave up many times. And now, finally, on the last few votes, he's with us. He voted AGAINST the FISA bill with immunity for telecoms AND the Iraq war funding bill.

    True, he's not come around on impeachment and I think that's a mistake. But, he's MOVED.

    I do not pretend that my voice alone compelled him to change gears, but if you magnify one by thousands by posting your correspondence on the blogs and sending it to your e-mail networks, it does get around. And the public outrage has reached a boiling point.

    Please do as suggested and spend a few minutes following up contacting her anyways.

    •  this was to go under the first post of Vclib (1+ / 0-)
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    •  It must be hard for congress-critters like Waxman (2+ / 0-)
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      toddpw, Quicksilver2723

      Conyers and Dellahunt. Such tenacious bulldog investigators; left with emasculated STLs and subpoenas not worth the paper they're written on as their only tools to bust-corruption.

      I can't help but believe under different honest leadership, these guys would unceremoniously chuck the whole culture of corruption out of Congress on their collective derriere.

      It's sad really. But, hey, if it's any consolation, I'm embroiled in an eternal death match with Bill Nelson here in Florida.

      They're all like children, I tell ya, You have to stay on 'em everyday and slap their hands whenever they start reachin' in the cookie jar. (which is more often than not)

      Buy their books, send 'em to school, and what do they do?

      Eat the teacher.

      I can empathize.

      "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."- Voltaire - [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)

      by markthshark on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 01:32:27 AM PDT

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      •  Voter Education Project (0+ / 0-)

        STAY ON HIM!!! We need to form a network to alert ALL the people in each Congressional District about HOW THEIR PERSON VOTES! Most people barely know who their rep is or anything about the the issue du jour. I ran into one again yesterday with a committed Democrat who just fought with his close Republican friends over Obama. Hadn't a clue who his congressman was (a Republican) or FISA. Also, we need to blanket each local media group with the information (let's say they're too lazy to do it themselves, so we need to alert them).

        Most people are propagandized beyond belief IF they even listen to any of the news.

        The commonly quoted, "Don't talk politics" is exactly WRONG. We MUST talk politics and keep nibbling around the edges of EVERY REPUBLICAN we're in contact with. Some DO respond (I just flipped 2 to independent).

  •  Looking forward to seeing her depart in 4 years (3+ / 0-)
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    maggiejean, pigsfly77586, Alec82

    due to either retirement or a primary.

  •  Feinstein is retiring (3+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, pollwatch, Jacques

    at the end of her term, so she doesn't care what you think about her votes.

  •  if telecom immunity does not pass (0+ / 0-)

    then your child will be killed.   think about it.  if you have a 2 year old child then al queda will take this opportunity to slice the throat of your child, kill 10,000 americans in a spectacular terrorist attack and will impregnate your white daughter.

    Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid & Diane Feinstein will stop them ... they will provide immunity to the telecom giants for their crimes against america.

    Support them or your children will be raped and murdered by the worst criminals in the galaxy.

    What were the skies like when you were young..

    by soros on Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 11:32:25 PM PDT

  •  I'm glad you tried. (1+ / 0-)
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    I still complain at her now and again, but ever since she thought Hans von Spakovsky (2, 3) was a good idea for the FEC, I've lost any real hope for her.

  •  rogue nation (2+ / 0-)
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    Demena, tenayaca

    For decades we have condemned countries who spy on their own citizens in such a wholesale fashion with no oversight or counterbalance. It's the kind of behavior that gets a country put on a list of goverments that deserved to be attacked and overthrown. Kind of like govenrnments that torture and that throw people in prison without charges, evidence or legal recourse. Does Sen. Feinstein want to give someone a legitimate reason to attack this country?

  •  how about Sir Richard Dreyfus !? (0+ / 0-)

    HE'D be willing to admit it if he saw a UFO...
             or buildings demolished.

  •  Who Do We Have? (1+ / 0-)
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    And you mention Gavin Newsom?  I thought this was a progressive site.  I live in San Francisco, worked in Matt Gonzalez's mayoral campaign against Newsom, and I've been positively sickened by the fact that he's gotten a pass from so many people who think he's a progressive because he's riding the wave of gay marriage.  Mr. Photo-Op himself, who said during his first term that he should be fired if he couldn't slow the skyrocketing homicide rate, never mentions the skyrocketing homicide rate anymore because he never really gave a damn.  It was an issue of political expediancy for him, just like gay marriage.  His biggest accomplishment to date is that he's not Willie Brown, one of the most vile, despicable creatures ever to occupy the mayor's office, and another politician who's gotten a pass from people who think he's some sort of man of the people.  As for DiFi, she shows new shades of hideousness daily, and she probably will retire at the end of her term.  We have much work to do.

  •  I watched her speech (1+ / 0-)
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    on C-SPAN and it made me sick.  I don't have a link but  I think it was Wed.  She went on and on about "exclusivity" as the great breakthrough in this bill.  Hell, FISA already had that and W still ignored it.  I am careful, though, not to hammer pols from other states too hard.  I'm from Iowa and we have Steve King - blech!  He's from the other side of the state but it still makes me embarrassed....

    -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

    by luckylizard on Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 03:22:36 AM PDT

  •  I called her office (1+ / 0-)
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    and made the little girl who answered the phone with the standard "I'm sorry you feel that way. I'll make shre she gets your message,"  write down everything I said so so could indeed give her my message.  So sick to think that she purports to represent me in any way. She is amoral and corrupt to the core.  I did remind the message-taker about the censure and made her write that down too as well as a comment about her Defense Appropriations Subcommittee activities.

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