Bouquet of roses, Passy, Paris.
A bouquet of roses for you, with many thanks for your good wishes and encouraging words.
The FISA fight continues
This week the Senate is debating and voting on a bill giving AT&T, Verizon and other telecoms retroactive immunity for their role in cooperating with the Bush administration's warrantless spying on Americans. Chris Dodd, Russ Feingold and 11 other principled senators are trying to strip the immunity clause from the bill.
Please telephone Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at 202.224.3542 and ask that he pull the FISA "compromise" bill, which will let AT&T and the other telecoms off the hook. The bill also effectively would quash the numerous class action lawsuits currently pending against the telecoms.
Last week Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the Northern District of California issued an opinion in Al Haramain v. Bush, one of the cases challenging the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program. The court held that FISA preempts the state secrets privilege and that the president's authorities under Article II of the Constitution do not give him the power to overrule FISA. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said the court decision "dramatically undermines key arguments for telecom immunity" on the eve of the Senate vote.