Letter to Nancy Pelosi
congratulating House Democrats on their defeat of legislation to
reauthorise F.I.S.A. on 02/13/2008
PETER'S NEW YORK,
February 17, 2008. The House of Representatives defeated the Senate
version of a bill that would have reauthorized spying on Americans
without proper judicial oversight. The legislation would also have
given amnesty to telecommunications companies for cooperating with the
Bush administration to illegally spy on Americans. What follows is a
letter I wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the House vote.
February 17, 2008
Dear Speaker Pelosi:
I was heartened to hear that the House of Representatives on February
13, 2008, rejected the Senate version of a bill to reauthorize F.I.S.A.
in its current form that would have also illegally prevented
telecommunications companies from being judged in a court of law for
their cooperation with the Bush administration to illegally spy on
Any law preventing full adjudication of legal breaches by
telecommunications firms is illegal in itself, and a vote to support
such legislation is an illegal act and constitutes collusion with the
Bush administration to subvert law and order in the United States.
I APPLAUD YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OPPOSING THE SENATE VERSION OF THE
REAUTHORIZATION OF F.I.S.A. I recommend that you let the law expire,
and that you make no deals whatsoever with a Senate that has shown
itself to be in collusion to subvert the rule of law in the United
States of America.
We have been very disappointed in the past with laws that
continue to support the subversion of the power of Americans to oppose
the illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But I hope that now the
Democrats are getting a handle on this situation. Now is the time to
use the full force of your office and the full force of the body of the
House of Representatives to stop and discredit the Bush administration
for its illegal acts.
I will support the Democratic congressperson in my district, Rep.
Gillibrand, for re-election, as she has opposed the Bush administration
and the evil measures that it has garnered from Congress to destroy
democracy in our country. I will also support with my donations
Congresspeople of any district who have outright opposed the illegal
invasion and occupation of Iraq, [and] the reauthorization of F.I.S.A.,
and [who support] the rollback of all bogus legislation passed to
supposedly protect Americans from a fake terrorist threat. I am
particularly proud of Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Robert Waxman
for the leadership they have shown of late in opposing reauthorization.
Let's hope they and the congress don't back down. This is an historic
opportunity to set things right. It can only be done in the House of
Once again, thank you for your leadership. Please do not capitulate one
iota on your stand. Do not reauthorize F.I.S.A. Expose the Republican
agenda for what it is--a subversion of our democratic principles and of
the protections afforded by the Constitution.
We should make sure that the Democrats
do not capitulate once again to the Bush administration by letting this
legislation pass in any form. Write your representative in Congress.
Reward congresspeople who oppose the Iraq war and the illegal
psuedo-security measures of the Bush administration by donating even a
small amount to their re-election campaigns. Supporting the Democrats
in the House of Representatives is one of the few options we have to
stop the Bush administration, since the Democrats are in the majority.
They only have a quasi-majority in the Senate.
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