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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

ACT NOW: Tell Congress: Don't Spy on Me!

I got this in my email today...

I urge you all to make these calls tomorrow (thank Russ and Herb for their continued support of our civil liberties!) And let's shut down the switchboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dear Friend,

Fix it. Defend the Constitution! That's the message we have
to send to Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid and every member of
Congress over the next 20 days.

By all indications, the House and Senate will cast critical
votes within three weeks -- deciding whether or not to
make the vast new spying powers that they granted the
Bush Administration in August permanent.

We can't let that happen. That's why we're starting the FISA
Flood of 2007 with today's leadership switchboard shutdown.
All our members of Congress but especially leadership --
who control the agenda and whose actions impact us
all -- need to know just how many Americans demand they
act to restore the Constitution. Here's three things you
can do, right now:

1. Call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-4965.

2. Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at (202) 224-3542.

3. Call your own representative. You can look up your
representative's phone number here:

It's clear what freedom demands. And this is what we need every
Member of Congress to hear:

* Congress should not act on FISA until the Bush administration
hands over the documents about the NSA wiretapping

* Any legislation to permanently amend FISA must restore judicial
review and protect the privacy rights of innocent Americans.

* The government should receive only the information it is
authorized to intercept by law, it should not be given direct
and unfettered access to telecommunications infrastructure.

* And the legislation must not grant amnesty to telecom companies
that broke the law by illegally releasing Americans' phone
calls and records to the government.

Call right now as we launch the FISA Flood of 2007. Go to:

Join our monumental outpouring of grassroots energy. Demand
that Congress stand strong by standing up for the Constitution, not
caving in to the Bush Administration.

When Congress caved in to Bush fear-mongering by passing FISA
legislation temporarily allowing the government to intercept the calls
and emails of innocent Americans without a court order, there was a
massive outcry from freedom-loving people across the
country. Reeling from the backlash, Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promised to
"fix" the legislation on their return this fall.

Now, as critical new votes approach, we've got to make it
absolutely clear to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and every member of
Congress that fixing -- not expanding -- this ill-begotten
law is exactly what we expect and demand.

Call right now: Join the the FISA Flood of 2007:

Earlier this week, the ACLU launched Don't Wait for '08
-- a 100-day campaign urging Congress to act now to restore
liberties lost during the relentless Bush assault on our civil
liberties. Now, it seems apparent that the first 20 days of that
campaign leading up to "make-or-break" FISA votes in
mid-October could well be the most critical.

Given this Congress' track record, we can't leave anything
to chance. In the days ahead, The FISA Flood of 2007 will unleash
wave after wave of grassroots actions making it clear that we
won't tolerate waffling, wavering or wimping out when our
fundamental freedoms are on the line.

We've got to make ourselves heard. Let our members
of Congress know: if they stand tall for freedom, we will
stand with them through thick and thin. And make sure they understand
that, if they sell out the Constitution, we will unleash a wave
of public protests and outrage unlike anything they have ever seen.

Make three phone calls for the Constitution right now:

Next, record your participation in our FISA Flood of 2007 tally:

And then, forward this message to as many people as possible.

The ACLU is reaching out not only to our 550,000 ACLU members, but to
every online activist who cares about protecting our most cherished
freedoms. We need you to act immediately. Act now at:

Help launch the FISA Flood of 2007 right now. Be part of a dramatic
and sustained outpouring of concern that won't yield until
Congress has acted to protect the Constitution and reverse the civil
liberties travesty that Congress perpetrated on the American people by
granting President Bush vast new spying powers.

Thanks for standing with us.


Caroline Fredrickson, Director
ACLU Washington Legislative Office

P.S. Help build the first powerful wave of the FISA Flood of
2007. Make your three phone calls for the Constitution right now:

Next, record your participation in our FISA Flood of 2007 tally:

And then, forward this message to as many people as possible.

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