August 4, 2007

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) says it all. It's official, George Bush and Alberto Gonzales now have the legal authority to spy on you and I without a warrant at any time. The vote was as follows:

Yea:227 Nay:183

There were a number of Democrats who voted for President Bush and against the American people and our civil liberties. Here's the final vote tally. It's unlikely there's anyone around in our representatives' offices at this time, but you can find their contact information here.

Update: Nancy Pelosi has written a letter to John Conyers asking him to amend the FISA bill:

Speaker Pelosi said that S. 1927, the bill passed tonight by the House to temporally amend FISA for six-months, after H.R. 3356, the Improving Foreign Intelligence Surveillance to Defend Our Nation and Our Constitution Act bill failed last night, contains many provisions that are unacceptable and she does not believe that the American people will want to wait that long before corrective action is taken. In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, Speaker Pelosi requested that the Committees report to the House “as soon as possible after Congress reconvenes,” legislation to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Below is the text of the letter:

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