Here we go again.
Rep. Steny Hoyer is leading a "compromise" on the FISA reauthorization
bill that would ultimately let the Bush administration and their friends at
AT&T and Verizon off the hook for illegally spying on innocent Americans.
Last night, this so-called compromise was voted out of committee and as early
as this morning the bill may be brought to the House floor for a full vote.
Speaker Pelosi can still stop this bill.
As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi can pull the bill from the floor and
refuse to call a vote.
Call Speaker Pelosi right now and demand she stand up to President Bush and
stop telecom immunity.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
"I’m calling to tell Speaker Pelosi I am depending on her to pull any bill
from the floor that will ultimately grant immunity to telecommunications companies
who illegally spied on Americans. Can I count on Speaker Pelosi to stand up
to President Bush?"
Speaker Pelosi has stood up to the President’s fear mongering on illegal spying
before, she can do it again. But she needs to hear from you to know where you
Here is what Senator Russ Fiengold said about this bill last night:
"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The
House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees
immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s
illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans
Senator Leahy also made his position clear:
"I will oppose this new FISA bill when the Senate votes on it next week.
We must do everything we can to protect Americans from the Bush-Cheney Administration’s
erosion of our civil liberties and callous disregard for the rule of law —
and this new FISA bill fails that test."
You and I remember that the Senate has passed retroactive immunity before.
But working together, we can make sure that the Senate never has a chance to
pass this bill by stopping it in the House today. Call Speaker Pelosi right
Thank you for taking action.
Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America