UPDATE: There's some new info just coming out on the FISA bill that we'll have up in a little while. It looks like a ummm....
compromise a giveaway deal has been struck: "ACLU Condemns FISA Deal, Declares Surveillance Bill Unconstitutional"
So far we've raised over 100K in less than 30 hours on our latest push back against the new FISA bill that might get passed. If you haven't donated, please do. We're working up a plan for our next targets.
We've started a new coalition with the ACLU called Strange Bedfellows
The ACLU is joining with activists from the Ron Paul campaign, represented by Break the Matrix, Rick Williams and Trevor Lymon, and civil liberties writer Glenn Greenwald of Salon, and leading liberal bloggers including, Jane Hamsher of firedoglake, Matt Stoller of Open Left, John Amato of Crooks and Liars, Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny, Digby, Josh Nelson of The Seminal and activist Josh Koster to tell Congress that we will not let them ignore the Constitution or give immunity to telecoms which deliberately broke our laws for years.
We are not sitting back while Congress is having negotiations---trying to figure out a way to grant the Telecoms immunity for breaking the law repeatedly when you and I would have been thrown in jail and waterboarded by Rumsfeld for not paying parking tickets...Anyway, we ran ads against Chris Carney (Comcast actually rejected one of our ads against him. Ha!) and now we're setting our sights on Steny Hoyer and another Blue Dog. But Phase 1 is still underway so please help us out...Here's somebody I'm not particularly fond of, especially with Regina Thomas, a progressive state Senator running against him. I give you John Barrow....
Rep. John Barrow was, like Carney, one of the 21 Blue Dogs who signed the letter to Nancy Pelosi back in March demanding that they be allowed to vote on the Rockefeller/Cheney Senate bill. In July, Barrow faces a very credible primary challenger -- Georgia State House Rep. Regina Thomas -- who is much more in step with the district's Democratic base.
Anyway, I'll fill you in as we go forward....
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