Thanks to all the calls that have been pouring into the Senate Buildings—and the efforts of Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), the Senate won’t vote on the FISA bill until after the July 4 recess.
So while we have a short reprieve, it’s not over yet. Now’s the time to contact your Senators’ office and tell them to vote “no” on the FISA bill. In fact, while they’re home in their districts, why not do it in person? Get out there — go to those Fourth of July picnics and parades. Tell them to celebrate the Fourth of July by remembering what those who founded this country believed in. Tell them you care about your Fourth Amendment rights, and blanket immunity for the lawbreaking telecom companies is unacceptable. Tell them to let the courts do their job as the Framers intended and to allow checks and balances. Tell them to pass the apple pie—not the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
We did it back in March when the Protect America Act expired, and we can do it again. It’s time to mobilize once more. Call your Senators. F’real. No joke. Tell your mom, dad, brother, sister, neighbor, coworker and cousins to call.
Stand up for your rights. Don’t let the Senate give this lame duck a parting gift. Let the door hit him and his telecom cronies on the arse on the way out.