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We need you to call Renny Fagan at Senator Salazar's Denver office as follow-up to our meeting to discuss FISA!

We talked about

Unjustified Grant of Retroactive Immunity

Lengthy Sunset

Little Protection Against Reverse Targeting

No Prohibition on Bulk Collection

Loophole for Advance Judicial Approval of Court Orders

No Limits on Use of Illegally Obtained Information

Few Protections for People in the United States

We argued

* The granting of retroactive immunity to companies that allegedly participated in the President’s illegal wiretapping program

* The fact that the legislation does not provide adequate protections for innocent Americans.

* Title I of the new bill, which includes expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, does not include the most tremendously important safeguards previously approved by the Judiciary Committee.

* It does not include any of the amendments that Senator Feingold offered on the Senate floor earlier this year, each of which received 35 or more Democratic votes. These safeguards would have permitted the government to obtain the intelligence information it needs while also protecting the privacy of law-abiding Americans.

His argument, which we found to be puzzling, follows.  Although I'm paraphrasing, the logic doesn't seem to be quite right. If I were a former AG, I think I'd be concerned about immunity for the corporatists and their power to influence what goes on in Washington!

(1) It's very similar to how a law enforcement official relates to a citizen;

(2) The POTUS took the action to engage the telecommunications companies right after the attack of 911 when we were faced with the potential for further attack;  

(3) Senator Salazar considers this legislation as critical to our national security.  He has been briefed by the Senate Intelligence Committee and he believes that the Intelligence Committee is the best source of information about this legislation and House and Senate oversight.

I wanted to scream at him that Jay Rockefeller can't be trusted, but I bit my tongue and calmed my mind!

We left Mr. Fagan with a copy of the bill and we asked him to read it and to please ask Senator Salazar to read it.  We encouraged him to ask Senator Salazar to consider the impact of allowing corporate America to commit illegal acts even though they were asked to do it by the President of the United States while knowing full well that it was illegal. Afterall, Salazar is a former Attorney General!

When you call or e-mail please indicate that you're sorry that you couldn't be there to meet him with Annette and Vicki.

Here is his number: 303-455-7600  E-mail:  Renny_Fagan@salazar.senate.gov

Originally posted to victoria2dc on Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 03:20 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips for a VOTE for Americans! (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jlynne, akogun, portorcliff, jdp, COwoman

    Thanks for calling/e-mailing!

  •  I called (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    victoria2dc

    the Washington office two days ago.
    I will call Renny tomorrow too. Thanks for the heads up.

    The meaning of life is to live it.

    by COwoman on Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 03:36:54 PM PDT

    •  Thanks so much for calling! (0+ / 0-)

      Here is another link to check out!

      From Democracy Now!

      We speak with Mark Klein, a technician with AT&T for over twenty-two years. In 2006 Klein leaked internal AT&T documents that revealed the company had set up a secret room in its San Francisco office to give the National Security Agency access to its fiber optic Internet cables.

      Listen/Watch/Read
      http://www.democracynow.org/...

  •  Does anyone know how to (0+ / 0-)

    figure out the number of bloggers on the DK blog? I'd appreciate knowing if you have any idea how to find out!

    Thanks....

  •  I make daily calls (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    victoria2dc

    to the Salamander.  I'll call Renny specifically tomorrow morning.

    Steny Hoyer = a slam dunk argument for term limits

    by jlynne on Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 03:59:35 PM PDT

  •  Thanks so much... (0+ / 0-)

    do you blog at Square State?  I'm trying to get an account over there so I can post... I seem to be running into problems!

    If you blog there please tell me what I'm doing wrong.

    Also sent this message to the renegate barackobama.com vote against FISA group.  Where else can I go to ask people to make the call?

  •  Thanks for doing this! (0+ / 0-)

    And I will definitely call tomorrow. It is funny; lately I feel as if my daily calls to Senators are becoming part of my routine...Wash clothes:  check. Weed garden: check. Call legislators...check...

    Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.

    by Lindahyattyoung on Mon Jul 07, 2008 at 05:42:02 PM PDT

  •  Anyone who can CLAIM (0+ / 0-)

    that the POTUS began the illegal wiretapping AFTER 911 is automatically discredited and disqualified from expressing any opinion deserving of consideration on this issue.

    I would have asked Mr. Fagan to enunciate the specific provisions of this bill that strenghten "national security" where the existing FISA fails to do so.

    I'd ask him to point at the specific part of the immunity provision that does ANYTHING for "National Security".

    Incidents like these make one tremble for the sanity of this bunch of lawmakers - if they can't be bothered to read and comprehend the matters they are required to vote on, what hope is there for our country?

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