In a recent editorial, the New York Times denounced the Bush Administration?s latest attempt to radically expand spying powers and shield the NSA's domestic spying program:
The measure would not update [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA; it would gut it. It would allow the government to collect vast amounts of data at will from American citizens? e-mail and phone calls?.
This is a dishonest measure, dishonestly presented, and Congress should reject it. Before making any new laws, Congress has to get to the truth about Mr. Bush?s spying program.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post today focuses on another dangerous part of the Administration's proposal: an immunity provision that could threaten EFF's lawsuit against AT&T and related cases. Check out EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston's written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee for more on this provision and other parts of the bill.
It is more important than ever that the public make its voice heard. Congress needs to know that you oppose this legislation and demand immediate investigations into the spying program. Visit Stopillegalspying.org now to take action.