To Our Friends in New York,
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering two bills that would reward President Bush’s illegal actions by allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to continue spying on Americans in violation of our laws. These bills are being pushed through even though Congress has failed to learn key facts about the program.
Senator Schumer sits on this committee and can stop both of these bills dead in their tracks.
We need you to call Senator Schumer right now.
In New York City: (212) 486-4430
In Buffalo: (716) 846-4111
In Albany: (518) 431-4070
In Washington, DC: (202) 224-6542
- Tell him to oppose both Senate Bill 2453 and Senate Bill 2455. Congress needs to get the facts about the NSA spying program before making it legal.
- Both bills would have the effect of whitewashing the illegal NSA domestic spying program. Conservatives and progressives agree that this program should not be made legal.
- Congress has a duty to get the facts, not help the Bush administration cover them up. The Senate Judiciary Committee must uphold its responsibility to the Constitution and the American people by opposing these misguided bills.
- Tell Senator Schumer to get the facts about the warrantless NSA domestic spying before making it legal.
Calls are needed to several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please take a moment and forward this email to your friends and family who live in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Iowa, Vermont, South Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin, Delaware, Oklahoma and Illinois. They can look up their member’s phone number here.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR YOU:
S. 2453, a bill written by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), would supposedly restore judicial review of wiretaps, but the law already requires judicial review and the president has ignored it. Senator Specter’s bill would allow the courts to approve programs of surveillance, diminishing the Constitution’s requirement there be probable cause that an American is doing something wrong before their communications can be seized.
S. 2455, a bill written by Senator Mike DeWine (R-PA), would also attempt to rewrite probable cause to allow warrantless surveillance of Americans’ calls and emails without evidence that they are conspiring with suspect terrorists. It would make judicial review of wiretaps optional and would reduce the amount of information the president is required to give Congress about the program. Sincerely,
Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office