September 29, 2006 | By Derek Slater

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Dangerous Surveillance Amendment Sneaking Into Port Security Bill

[Update, September 30: You did it! The Senate adjourned last night without passing NSA wiretapping legislation. Congress is now in recess until after the November election.]

Against strong opposition, the House last night passed Rep. Wilson's dangerous surveillance bill. The fight isn't over, though -- we can still stop these dangerous surveillance bills in the Senate before the October recess in a short 24 hours. Please keep your calls to the Senate coming.

And now some of your representatives are trying to sneak a dangerous amendment into the Port Security Bill -- the text is below the fold, and it's so bad it speaks for itself. If your representative is on the list below, call them IMMEDIATELY with the following message:

"I'm a constituent, and I urge you to not allow Section 10 of HR 5825, the 'surveillance immunity' provision, to become attached to HR 4954, the SAFE Port Act, or any other bill. I want you use all possible means to stop all bills related to the NSA wiretapping program in any form."

Senators
Susan Collins (R-ME) (202) 224-2523
Norm Coleman (R-MN) 202-224-5641
Bob Bennett (R-UT) (202) 224-5444
Joe Lieberman (D-CT) (202) 224-4041
Carl Levin (D-MI) (202) 224-6221
Ted Stevens (R-AK) (202) 224-3004
Trent Lott (R-MS) (202) 224-6253
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) 202-224-5922
Daniel Inouye (D-HI) 202-224-3934
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (202) 224-3224
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) 202.224.3744
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (202) 224-5251
Max Baucus (D-MT) (202) 224-2651
Richard Shelby (R-AL) (202) 224-5744
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) (202) 224-4524
Patty Murray (D-WA) (202) 224-2621

Representatives
Pete King (R-NY) (202) 225-7896
Don Young (D-AK) (202) 225-5765
Dan Lungren (R-CA) (202) 225-5716
John Linder (R-GA) 202-225-4272
Rob Simmons (R-CT) (202) 225-2076
Michael McCaul (R-TX) 202-225-2401
Dave Reichert (R-WA) 202-225-7761
Bennie Thompson (D-MS) (202) 225-5876
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) 202 225 2965
Ed Markey (D-MA) 202-225-2836
Jane Harman (D-CA) 202) 225 8220
Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) (202) 225-5751
Joe Barton (R-TX) 202 225 2002
Fred Upton (R-MI) (202) 225-3761
John Dingell (D-MI) 202 225-4071
Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) 202 225 3665
Mike Sodrel (R-IN) 202-225-5315
Charlie Melancon (D-LA) 202.225.4031
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) (202) 225-6572
Bill Shuster (R-PA) 202-225-2431
Jim Oberstar (R-MN) (202) 225-6211
Bill Thomas (R-CA) (202) 225-2915
Clay Shaw (R-FL) 202-225-3026
Charles Rangel (D-NY) (202) 225-4365

SEC. 10. COMPLIANCE WITH COURT ORDERS AND ANTITERRORISM PROGRAMS. (a) IN GENERAL.?Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and in addition to the immunities, privileges, and defenses provided by any other provision of law, no action, claim, or proceeding shall lie or be maintained in any court, and no penalty, sanction, or other form of remedy or relief shall be imposed by any court or any other body, against any person for an activity arising from or relating to the provision to an element of the intelligence community of any information (including records or other information pertaining to a customer), facilities, or assistance during the period of time beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending on the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, in connection with any alleged communications intelligence program that the Attorney General or a designee of the Attorney General certifies, in a manner consistent with the protection of State secrets, is, was, or would be intended to protect the United States from a terrorist attack. This section shall apply to all actions, claims, or proceedings pending on or after the effective date of this Act.

(b) JURISDICTION.?Any action, claim, or proceeding described in subsection (a) that is brought in a State court shall be deemed to arise under the Constitution and laws of the United States and shall be removable pursuant to section 1441 of title 28, United States Code.

(c) DEFINITIONS.?In this section: (1) INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.?The term ??intelligence community?? has the meaning given the term in section 3(4) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 401a(4)).
(2) PERSON.?The term ??person?? has the meaning given the term in section 2510(6) of title 18, United States Code.


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