After Downing Street
Jan. 17, 2008
FISA Debate Comes Down to Reid and the Constitution
January 18 , 2008
More than two years ago, the nation learned that thewas spying on Americans without warrants or a court order. And since that time, we’ve been waiting for Congress to stand up to the Bush administration abuses and bring NSA spying in line with the Constitution.
The Senate returns next week and the temporary fix to theproblem expires soon. Now, has a choice to make. He can finally bring to the floor of the Senate legislation that protects our right to privacy and due process. Or, he can once again fail to stand up to the Bush administration’s demands for unnecessary and dangerous broad powers and bring up for a vote a shameful, unconstitutional bill.
The ACLU is engaging thousands of its members and asking them to call their senators. We’re running radio ads targeting key senators around the country. We’re holding dozens of meetings with senators and their staff in their home-state offices. And, we’re working with a broad coalition of organizations to make sure any spying legislation Congress passes protects our privacy and the rule of law.
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