Thursday, January 24, 2008

Edwards Wants You to Call Johnny and Saxby

I got a unique piece of email for the Edwards campaign today-unique because there was no request for money (that came earlier this morning). In this email, Edwards asks that we call call Isakson and Chambliss to tell them not to vote to grant retroactive immunity for war crimes to giant telecom companies who have assisted the administration in illegally eavesdropping on Americans. Edwards is right-this retroactive immunity is wrong and Senate Democrats should stand strong and, if necessary, join Sen. Dodd in his filibuster. This goes beyond politics, right to the heart of the constitution. I know it's become a slogan, but, serious, who's county is this? Ours? Or is it bought and paid for by huge corporations? Call your senators. Here's the letter:

When it comes to protecting the rule of law, words are not enough. We need action. It's wrong for your government to spy on you. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in calling on Senate Democrats to filibuster revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would give "retroactive immunity" to the giant telecom companies for their role in aiding George W. Bush's illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.The Senate is debating this issue right now -- which is why we must act right now. You can call your Senators here:

Saxby Chambliss, (R): (202) 224-3521

Johnny Isakson, (R): (202) 224-3643

Granting retroactive immunity is wrong. It will let corporate law-breakers off the hook. It will hamstring efforts to learn the truth about Bush's illegal spying program. And it will flip on its head a core principle that has guided our nation since our founding: the belief that no one, no matter how well connected or what office they hold, is above the law.But in Washington today, the telecom lobbyists have launched a full-court press for retroactive immunity. George Bush and Dick Cheney are doing everything in their power to ensure it passes. And too many Senate Democrats are ready to give the lobbyists and the Bush administration exactly what they want. Please join me in calling on every Senate Democrat to do everything in their power -- including joining Senator Dodd's efforts to filibuster this legislation -- to stop retroactive immunity and stand up for the rule of law. The Constitution should not be for sale at any price.Thank you for taking action.

John Edwards

January 24, 2008

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