Thursday, March 16, 2006
President Bush Must Be Held Accountable for His Illegal Domestic Spying Program
By Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
As Congress heads into a weeklong recess, I hope members of the Senate have a chance to listen to their constituents back home. All Americans want to fight terrorism and protect our country from those who wish to do us harm, but they don't want to sacrifice the rights and principles our country was founded upon. One of those fundamental American principles is that the President doesn't get to pick and choose which laws he follows.
There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks, and especially this week, about Congress changing the law to authorize the President's otherwise illegal domestic surveillance program. Of course, anyone who makes that argument concedes that the program is illegal. In addition, the President has yet to explain convincingly why he can't follow the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, which allows wiretapping of terrorists while protecting law-abiding Americans.
The President has broken the law, and the censure resolution I introduced on Monday is intended to hold him accountable. While there have been plenty of personal attacks directed at me this week, few have argued the merits. The facts for censure are clear. FISA makes it a crime to wiretap American citizens on American soil without the requisite court orders--which is exactly what the President has admitted doing. Before the program was revealed, he misled the American people by assuring them that he was getting warrants for wiretaps. Since it was revealed, he has misled the American people about the legal basis for his actions.
I look forward to a full hearing, debate and vote in committee on this important matter. If the Committee fails to consider the resolution in a reasonable time period, I will ask that there be a vote in the full Senate. I know Americans will have a lot to say when they see their elected officials during the break. I hope my colleagues listen.
We must continue to let the Nation know how much that we support Senator Feingold.
I have been calling for a massive viral marketing campaign. It is very simple.
We need as many people as possible to post this campaign on the blogs that they frequent.
The goal is to send Senator Feingold hand written "Thank You Cards" to his Wisconsin offices. Petitions and emails and calls are great, but they will not make the impact that hand written thank you notes will. We cannot send them to DC because there is a two month wait on the screening. Also, I think the WI offices being flooded will make a bigger impact.
In addition, if people can include $5 or $10 dollars with the thank you cards towards his 2008 Presidential campaign, this increases the impact.
Why thank you cards? Why the goal of 10,000?
We want to show the media and the other Democrats how much that we support Feingold's courage. We also want to show that we support Feingold's Resolution.
I picked the Green Bay office, address at bottom of page: http://feingold.senate.gov/contact.html
Here is more information on Senator Feingold and who else would like to see him as our next President:
You can find out more about Senator Feingold here:
The more that I read about Senator Feingold, the more I like. He has fought for our civil liberties, our jobs, our security, our environment, our rights. He is a true progressive.
If 10,000 thank you cards flood the Green Bay office in the next couple of days, this will indeed make a media impact and an impact on the other Democrats.
Senator Feingold had the courage and has the conviction to do what we have all been screaming for.
Please pass this on to as many people as possible and please post the Thank You Card Campaign on as many blogs as possible. I announced it on Thom Hartmann's show yesterday. Let's get the cards in the mail immediately.
Thanks for your help.
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