Friday, March 10, 2006

Like Padme with a Thunderous Applause.

I'm listening to: A Change of Pace- Queen of Hearts

As you all know I'm an active member of the ACLU. Today I got an email about the current situation concerning the administrations illegal survailence of US citizens. The letter reads:
Something is wrong in our country. The president is overreaching his authority with a vast program of illegal spying on Americans, and Congress, which is supposed to check executive power, is preparing to ratify his illegal surveillance program after the fact.

In a backroom deal announced this week, key Senate Republicans met with Vice President Dick Cheney and agreed to create legislation that would rewrite our laws by requiring less disclosure and less judicial power to check wiretaps than current law demands.

The message these partisans are sending to the people and the country is clear: partisans are willing to put party loyalty over fundamental and timeless values, such as the preservation of the Constitution and the rightful power of Congress as a check on the president. Many Americans are appalled that our President has not only ordered warrantless spying on Americans, but has unapologetically claimed that he has the power to break the law.

The question for us now is: What message will we the people send Congress?

The ACLU is asking you to join with us in declaring unequivocally that warrantless spying on innocent Americans is unacceptable.

It’s at moments like these that our system of checks and balances matters most. When the president asserts absolute power and the legislative branch abdicates its responsibilities, we must turn to the courts: the third pillar of our democracy.

Yesterday, the ACLU asked the judge in our NSA lawsuit to immediately block the illegal NSA spying program in order to prevent “concrete harm” to our plaintiffs journalists, non-profit groups and other advocates and to the American way of life. The ACLU v. NSA lawsuit aggressively challenges the Bush Administration’s abuse of power, charging that the spying violates all Americans' rights to free speech and privacy under the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution.

White House allies in Congress may be willing to help cover up this illegal program, and other lawmakers may be willing to stand on the sidelines, but when the president breaks the law, neither Congress nor the courts should give him a get-out-of-jail free card.

I urge you to stay involved as we work to end illegal government spying and restore the rule of law. The debate in Congress is far from over, and our legal challenge to the NSA has only just begun. We must stay vigilant if we want to preserve a democracy where the people are both safe and free.

The part of this that concerns me the most is that the administration isn't being held at all accountable for it's obvious lack of respect towards the constitution. And the fact that Bush whole heartedly belives that he has the right to break the law in this fashion.

Some may not see the current situation as being very serious, which is understandable. I mean it doesn't directly concern you does it? Only the way I see it if we let Bush get away with this behavior it may led to more extreme abuses further down the line by setting the precident that the American people and the other branches who should be protecting them, will condone these acts.

I strongly urge you to check further into this issue and demand that the Legislative and Judicial branches to do their job and protect the American people from this illegal activity, to make an example for future administrations.

Sleeping at the wheel.



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