Memo to The Senators: Ways YOU Can Stop the FISA Bill (aka We're Sick of Excuses)

I am cross posting the following diary for a blogger friend at EENR.
Originally posted at EENR Blog and also cross posted at DailyKos

Well, by now we all know that the House passed the shameful (and inherently unconstitutional by just about any study of the Constitution) disgrace that is the current FISA bill with a whopping 105 Democrats supporting its passage. This is the bill that makes the warrantless wiretapping legal as well as provides immunity for the telecom companies who knowingly provided the Bush Administration with our conversations illegally.

Many of us know that a filibuster is the surest way to kill a bill in the Senate and that there are 49 Democratic Senators, nine more than are needed to sustain a filibuster. By now, many of us also know that Obama intends to vote for the bill, as of course does head capitulator Harry Reid and other assorted Senators including some Democrats. And we are starting to hear the gurgling forth of excuses from a few of them, much of it akin to what we heard in the House last Friday.

Seeing that there may, in fact, not be enough Constitution-loving Democrats to filibuster this stain of a bill, and given that "not enough votes to filibuster" should never be an excuse for something this odious to pass in the Senate, I offer (or rather educate and/or remind) the Senators of not only the meaning of the FISA bill but also ways to block a bill that exist in the Senate in addition to a filibuster.

(Info below from the Senate's own website.)

Senators, please follow me below the fold...

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The Mistress Memos

"Bush to Let More Senators See Surveillance Memos," Boston Globe.  You guys still want to do this?

WASHINGTON - President Bush will let some Senate Judiciary Committee members see legal memos about his terrorist surveillance program before the panel votes to shield telephone companies that cooperated with the government from privacy suits.

I've been saying all along the WH has some good shit on these guys for them to be bending over so nicely...

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Congress Shall Declare War -- Not the Pres of U.S.

United States Constitution

Article I, Section 8

The Congress shall

Have Power To Declare War.  

Raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

Provide and maintain a navy;

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antiwar votes in congress this week Get ready with UNPJ NOW !!

UNITED FOR PEACE + JUSTICE = UFPJ Legislative Update friday july 6th 2007 = CONGRESS WORKS ON IRAQ WAR MONDAY--please call your senators + house members MONDAY at 202-224-3121 = END THE WAR = 160 BILLION REQUEST THIS WEEK??

UFPJ Legislative Update
Friday, July 6, 2007

1. Sample Alert for Monday - Congress back in town to vote, vote, vote on Iraq2. National Legislative Conference Call - July 10

  1. Iraq Cabinet approves hydro-carbon law
  2. More voices Against the War

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Our Constitution Works!

The recently passing of, former President Gerald Ford who said, "Our Constitution Works, We The People Rule", reminds us that our government is of law, one that represents WE The People, and it does work.

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln

One cannot look at the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitment that unites our country, but one must think about the times that this same Constitution has come under attack.

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