So, please read the following excerpt from Glenn Greenwald and call your Senators, Harry Reid, and the senators who worked with Dodd last time. Tell them how you feel about this. Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of freedom.
Even if you have never called a Senator before, take the time to call these. This is a vitally important issue.
When the FISA/Protect America Act legislative debate resumes, the bill (S.2248) will already be pending on the floor. The cloture vote on the motion to proceed on 12/17/07 was a vote of 76-10. (See here for specifics on votes.) The pending matter, as I read the procedural ins and outs from the close of debate, will be the SJC substitute bill, but I have a call in to the Senate Parliamentarian to clarify on this, and I'll certainly let you know what I hear if different.
For the record, "Not Voting" is just not good enough.
And neither is sitting this one out for any of us. So, let's get to work. Congress is about to take yet another recess -- but I'm hearing there may be a procedural maneuver in the works for tomorrow, whether a 30 day extension of the Protect America Act or something else. It is critical that we let members of Congress know that we are paying attention and that this issue matters to all of us.
The Constitution needs your voice today -- so please, call your Senators and let them know that retroactive immunity and a breach of the 4th Amendment are not acceptable. Tell them to stand up for the rule of law -- because THAT is their job and you expect leaders not rubber stamps. The time for leadership is now.
Senate phone numbers are here; and Sen. Harry Reid's phone number is: (202) 224-3542. And Sen. Mitch McConnell's phone number is: (202) 224-2541 -- tell him national security and the rule of law should never be used as a political football, and that taking political marching orders from Rove is so 2002.
We should focus first on the 14 Senators who promised to help Sens. Dodd and Feingold. Here are their fax and phone numbers:
Feingold (202) 224-2725 (202) 224-5323 Dodd (202) 224-1083 (202) 224-2823 Obama (202) 228-4260 (202) 224-2854 Sanders (202) 228-0776 (202) 224-5141 Menendez (202) 228-2197 (202) 224-4744 Biden (202) 224-0139 (202) 224-5042 Brown (202) 228-6321 (202) 224-2315 Harkin (202) 224-9369 (202) 224-3254 Cardin (202) 224-1651 (202) 224-4524 Clinton (202) 228-0282 (202) 224-4451 Akaka (202) 224-2126 (202) 224-6361 Webb (202) 228-6363 (202) 224-4024 Kennedy (202) 224-2417 (202) 224-4543 Boxer (415) 956-6701 (202) 224-3553