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Matt Browner-Hamlin interviews Mark Klein regarding what he knows about the illegal domestic surveillance without warrants.

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin the mark-up of the FISA bill beginning at 10 am ET.  I’m checking to see whether C-Span and/or the committee webstream are going to be covering the discussion on this, and will let you know as soon as I know for sure.

But I do know this:  Mark Klein will be on C-Span’s Washington Journal this morning, between 9:30 and 10 am ET, to discuss what the Bush Administration and the cooperating telecom companies have been doing in contravention of the expressly written provisions of the FISA law, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, specifically the Fourth Amendment.  (I reviewed some of the illegalities here and here yesterday.)

As Jane said yesterday, please take some time to pester the Senate Judiciary Committee members.  You can do so using the techno-tool from Sen. Dodd.  Or you can do it the old-fashioned way and just call or FAX the members of the committee.  You know what to do:

Sen. Harry Reid — (202) 224-3542     FAX  202-224-7327

Senate Judiciary Committee Contact Information:

Every Senate direct dial number can be found here (including links to just about every senator’s web page, which include both DC office contact information and local office numbers as well).  You can reach your Senators toll free thanks to these numbers that katymine found:

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

Also, the Senate Judiciary Committee membership and contact information is as follows:

State Name Phone Fax
DE Joe Biden (202) 224-5042 (202)-224-0139
VT Patrick J. Leahy (202) 224-4242 (202) 224-3479
MA Edward M. Kennedy (202) 224-4543 (202) 224-2417
WI Herbert Kohl (202) 224-5653 (202) 224-9787
CA Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (202) 228-3954
WI Russell D. Feingold (202) 224-5323 (202) 224-2725
NY Charles E. Schumer (202) 224-6542 (202) 228-3027
IL Richard J. Durbin (202) 224-2152 (202) 228-0400
MD Benjamin Cardin (202) 224-4524 (202) 224-1651

UPDATE:  Here’s a word for you ArlenNO.  H/T to Ari, who sent me the link to The Hill reporting on the alleged “Specter Comrpomise,” which is an abomination of legal train wreckery.  Can you say state secrets and greymail dodges, and the hands of Addington and Cheney trying to CYA for themselves?  I knew you could.  Ari has an op-ed in the Politico that is worth a read as well this morning.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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