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New "JUSTICE" Act Could Roll Back Telecom Immunity

bmasel Bill text, and more links (263 comments)

Full text of the JUSTICE Act at http://www.eff.org/files/HEN09874.pdf or http://www.juliansanchez.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/JUSTICEAct.pdf

EFF's) blog post on the bill http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/09/eff-supports-justice

Feingold's press release http://feingold.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=317927

My Dailykos diary http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/17/19226/5990

Facebook "Pass the JUSTICE ACT" group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=134538932549

more than 5 years ago
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FBI and States Vastly Expand DNA Collection, Databases

bmasel Fiendish Feds Filched my Follicles (203 comments)

I flew United, Milwaukee>Ohare>Austin for the Netroots Nation bloggers convention last July.

Landing, 2 bags out of 66 passengers were not on the carousel, mine and agnostic's, another raucous Dailykos poster. We were told they'd been mistakenly sent to Scranton, would be delivered to out hotel around midnight. Actually arrived 4:00 the next afternoon, with 2 pieces of tape, one from TSA, and another from Homeland Security. Missing, my hairbrush, and Ms. Agnostic's scarf.

As I connect the dots, when our dossiers were run, an alert HSA drone noticed empty datafields for our DNA. No longer empty.

(I have history, going back to the Nixon enemies list.)

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System

bmasel "Drug" books too. (470 comments)

Search for "marijuana" sort by "bestselling" and most returns are irrelevant, with some 12 step and abstinence titles in the mix.

more than 5 years ago
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Telecom Amnesty Foes On the Move

bmasel Operation Read the Bill (363 comments)

Senators are generally back in their home States this week.

Print out a copy of the FISA Amendments Act, 114 page pdf and track down you Senators appearances, Parades, Fundraisers, etc. Ask if they've read it, and if not, physically hand them the printout, ideally after highlighting the sections you consider problematic. An accomplice video is nice.

"I've read it, Senator, shouldn't you?"

more than 6 years ago

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Vote Chris Dodd in Michigan to fight wiretaps

bmasel bmasel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bmasel writes "So what if he's withdrawn, he's still on the ballot, and there's no delegates at stake anyhow.

15% for Dodd would send a message to Michigan's Senators, Reps, and hopefully the rest of the Congress that an extension of wiretap authority is unacceptable. It's not just immunity, Reid's now, according to the Wall Street Journal, going to put up an 18 month extension of the Protect America Act, extending authority for warrantless taps.

The "problem" the bill was intended to fix, a FISA Court decision requiring warrants for foreign to foreign calls transiting US soil, is no big deal. If there's reason to believe the calls sare terrorist communications, there's still a process for getting FISA warrants.

Pass nothing, let the stinker expire."

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FISA ACTION: Operation Read the Bill

bmasel bmasel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

First, print the thing out, all 114 pages (pdf), and hand it to your Senators. Best if you can say "I've read it, I expect you to take the time to do so yourself." For extra credit, take a highlighter to the printout and mark up the sections you consider problematic.

Bring an accomplice with a vidcam. An admission that they haven't and won't read the bill makes nice youtube, come re-election time.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On Preventing the FISA Amendments Act from Being Jammed Through the Senate "I'm pleased we were able to delay a vote on FISA until after the July 4th holiday instead of having it jammed through. I hope that over the July 4th holiday, Senators will take a closer look at this deeply flawed legislation and understand how it threatens the civil liberties of the American people. It is possible to defend this country from terrorists while also protecting the rights and freedoms that define our nation."

How to find your Senators' appearances? Start with their Senate and Campaign websites. Next, search Google News for "YourSenator'sname Parade" "YourSenator's name Barbeque" "YourSenator'sname Picnic" "YourSenator'sname fundraiser" If you don't get hits, make a Google Alert. Post any scheduled events you find below in comments.

Senator Feingold plans to introduce 6 Amendments. He explains them, not in great detail, in Fact Sheet: Potential Feingold Amendments to FISA Bill.

Print it out too, and when you catch your Senator, ask that they support them all.

They are

Dodd-Feingold Amendment Stripping Retroactive Immunity

Feingold-Webb-Tester Amendment to Provide Protections for Americans

Use Limits Amendment

Prohibiting "Reverse Targeting"

Prohibiting "Bulk Collection"

Congress Access to FISA Court Materials

If your Senator won't budge on immunity shift the conversation to the problems with the parts that go forward. If any Amendments pass, and the Senate approves the revised version, it throws the whole deal back to re-negotiation with the House, which would then have to start it's process all over again. The package can not go to Bush's desk until both the House and Senate pass identical versions.

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Vote Dodd in Michigan, fight wiretaps

bmasel bmasel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So what if he's withdrawn, he's still on the ballot, and there's no delegates at stake anyhow.

15% for Dodd would send a message to Michigan's Senators, Reps, and hopefully the rest of the Congressional Dems that an extension of wiretap authority is unacceptable. It's not just immunity, Reid's now, according to the Wall Street Journal, going to put up an 18 month extension of the Protect America Act, extending authority for warrantless taps.

The "problem" the bill was intended to fix, a FISA Court decision requiring warrants for foreign to foreign calls transiting US soil, is no big deal. If there's reason to believe the calls sare terrorist communications, there's still a process for getting FISA warrants.

Pass nothing, let the stinker expire.

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