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Support Senate Resolution 398

As Americans we hold certain things as sacred. One such sacred item to Americans is the right to privacy, enshrined in the fourth amendment. Unfortunately this sacred American right is being violated by our government, specifically the Bush Administration.

The Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allows the executive branch of our federal government to wiretap suspected terrorists in the United States. However FISA only allows wiretapping with permission of the court, within 72 hours if during a state of emergency, or during the first fifteen days of a Congressional Declaration of War. Furthermore FISA makes it a crime to wiretap outside of this authority.

The authorization of military force on September 18th 2001 did not grant the President power to wiretap without a court order. And despite the beliefs of one George W Bush the President’s constitutional authority does not grant the power necessary to issue warrant-less wiretapping outside the realm of FISA.

Obviously the fourth amendment is not considered important to the Bush Administration, as it continues to authorize illegal wiretaps by the National Security Agency (NSA) without the necessary court order required by FISA. To make matters worse Bush has repeatedly lied concerning these illegal wiretaps, on July 14, 2004, Bush stated that “the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order” and on June 9, 2005, Bush stated that “Law enforcement officers need a federal judge's permission to wiretap a foreign terrorist's phone, a federal judge's permission to track his calls, or a federal judge's permission to search his property. Officers must meet strict standards to use any of these tools.” While Bush may not take the fourth amendment seriously we do, as did our founding fathers.

President Bush even used his January 31, 2006, State of the Union address to deceive the American people concerning his wiretapping operations when stating, “Previous Presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have, and federal courts have approved the use of that authority”, despite the fact that the president has yet to identify any instance since 1978, when FISA became law, where any other president has authorized wiretapping outside the realm of FISA.

We need your help to stop the illegal wiretapping operations of the Bush Administration. Help us preserve the fourth amendment by sending a message to Bush that we will not stand for his illegal activities. Please use our simple web service to take action now and urge Congress to support Senate Resolution 398 censuring President Bush.

To take action and write your Senator visit: http://www.gp.org/action/index.shtml

Posted by Richard Rhodes at July 6, 2006 2:25 AM
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Comment #165141

To anyone asking why I did not quote this from the Green Party’s website, because I know someone will ask this question. Well simply put what appears on the Green Party’s website (www.gp.org) is my orginial draft which I wrote plus edits, however what appears here is my original draft and thus is my own property.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at July 6, 2006 2:29 AM
Comment #165190

As much as I respect the attempt to gain support on this resolution, I would be extremely shocked if it has any positive effect. You can’t housebreak a dog by writing it a letter explaining how “Naughty” the dog is for crapping in the dining room.

Bush doen’t display characteristics of a person who has the capability of shame or humility.

Posted by: DOC at July 6, 2006 10:45 AM
Comment #165218
Please use our simple web service to take action now and urge Congress to support Senate Resolution 398 censuring President Bush.

No thank you.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at July 6, 2006 12:26 PM
Comment #165286

I’ll agree with Joe….No thanks.

Posted by: Tom D. at July 6, 2006 6:37 PM
Comment #165312


It is apparent to me that some people have been totally blinded by the brilliant white light emanating from their presidents body.

As for the petition, in my case, it would be a worthless gesture. I have no aspirations what so ever that my republican senators and my republican representative are even going to make an atempt to do their Constitutional duty and investigate the president.

Posted by: jlw at July 6, 2006 8:59 PM
Comment #165332

jlw:

I think you’ve entirely missed the boat. You don’t support this kind of resolution for anything but to send a message. And if all it takes for you to head for the apathy route is a tiny little push, then you really are already apathetic.

You miss the boat on investigating the President as well. Not really much need to, as he’s admitted that he circumvented FISA. There isn’t much question about what he’s done. The question is whether he has the legal authority to do it.

Keep up your harping against Republicans. Since you’ve already admitted that even signing a petition would be too much to ask of you, I doubt that your opinion matters much in the end.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at July 6, 2006 10:49 PM
Comment #165360


JBOD: I have signed quite a number of petitions to my representatives. I have also sent emails to them and phoned their offices. Recently, I have tried to get a straight answer out of them on their position on social security to no avail. I also noticed your response to the petition request. I have also noticed that Congress has banned acceptance of mass petition signings.

Thank you, I will continue to harp about my republican representatives who don’t represent my views on nearly every issue.

Posted by: jlw at July 7, 2006 1:30 AM
Comment #165361


JBOD: There is absolutely no need for republicans to investigate a president until there is another democrat in the White House,
which if God is truely on Americas side won’t be long. As far as opinions go, mine matters just as little as yours does and i am sure that I don’t need to remind you where you can put your personal attack.

Posted by: jlw at July 7, 2006 1:44 AM
Comment #167157

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article Two, Section Two the commander in chief has the power use military for
police actions”

It would seem the constitution is in conflict with your statements. It would also seem the Bush is within his powers as president.

Posted by: Anthony at July 13, 2006 3:31 PM
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