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Say No To Presidential Fiat: More Brainstorming

presidential_fiat2.jpg(An artist’s conception of Presidential Fiat by twolf1.  Mwahaha…)

Some selected ideas for FAX action on the FISA mark-up between now and next Thursday from our commenters:

Praedor Atrebates:  I still like simply sending them the text of the pertinent segment of the 4th Amendment with “No Amnesty for Telecoms” (amnesty is a good, charged word given to us by the GOP wrt emigration…so USE it) and “No basket warrants”.

—  MayDaze (among several others on this framing):  “No amnesty for telecoms!”

TheraP:  The Rule of Law, Not the Divine Right of Kings.

Cleter:   I like the 4th amendment with the relevant parts in bold, with “No Amnesty for Lawbreaking Telecoms”.

tw3k:   No amnesty for telecos!  Separation of Corp. & State!

Praedor Atrebates:  The Rule of Law, Not the Rule of Tyrants!  Uphold the Constitution and the 4th Amendment!

SufiLizard:  I like Praedor’s shortened version of my original suggestion (I tell you when we Hoosiers put our heads together…).  And maybe the famous “Don’t Tread On Me” flag down at the bottom.

Hugh:   A 4th Amendment for our times:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall not be violated by telecoms and the Bush Administration, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Prairie Sunshine:  Democracy = Rule of Law, not Lawless Rule

mffarrow:  Protect the Constitution.  No amnesty for criminals.

Ann in AZ:   You might want to point out to these law-makers that to allow the warrantless wiretapping to go on unfettered is tantamount to treating all of us citizens (and voters) as if guilty until proven innocent!

Bustedknuckles:  Oathbreakers don’t get to make the rules.  Guilty is as guilty does.

TheraP:  I didn’t pay for a party line!

Several from Eureka Springs:   Tap dance, not wires.

Only terrorists want to monitor your every word.

USA not NSA.

Liberty Bell not MA Bell.

Private line not party lines.

Innocent until proven guilty.

Nixon tapped too .

SufiLizard:  Telecoms: if they didn’t break the law they don’t need immunity. If they did, they don’t deserve it.  Followed by:

…and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

rosalind:  “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

A President, not a King.  Stand up for the rule of law, or stand down.

mffarrow:  How about:  Do I get immunity, too?  With pictures of other criminals.

MayDaze:  Tap your foot, not our phones!

Professor Foland:  Between Blackwater, Libby, the MCA, and the use of State Secrets, we are creating a culture in which criminals expect to be pardoned for carrying out the executive’s orders. This is not patriotism.   Patriotism is carrying out the American peoples’ orders. These are known as “laws”.

Patty Morlan:  How about using the scale of justice with the Telecom’s lobbyist & campaign money on one side and the Constitution and the people on the other side?

NewLou:   No amnesty for peeping Coms.

rosalind:   “…with liberty and justice for all.”*

(*under indefinite suspension…keep checking back for updates)

TexExSpeedy:  “Your account is past due and your number has been deactivated.” No Amnesty for Telcoms.

aye:  Don’t coddle Constitutional criminals.

Pectopah:  If terrorists hate us for our freedoms, they why are WE the ones taking them away?

SteveinNC:  Bush Lied.  Liberty Died.

Chris:  Don’t put all your checks and balances into one basket [warrant].

windje:  No warrant?  No wiretap.  No exceptions.

ralphbon:  Probable cause PLUS Specific warrant — Anything less is a high crime.

Kevin Hayden:  I’d like to see a cartoon take-off of the verizon commercial. imagine:  a crowd of thousands in the backgrounds holding phones and torches.  In front, george washington and ben franklin.  George is holding a burning phone bill. Ben’s burning a 1040 form.  They’re smiling and looking us in the eyes.  The title: Coverup the guilt of the telecoms?

The caption: “Can you hear us NOW?”

neokneme:  Vampires tap with impunity.  Should telecoms tap with immunity?

Carol Anne:  Watermark the page you fax with an illustration of a SPINE.  It’s time these elected people be reminded they’re expected to exhibit spine and stand up to lawlessness and tyranny.

anwaya:   No Telco Immunity:  Serve the people, not the White House.  It’s the Constitution, stupid.

itwasntme:  No amnesty for corporate spying on Americans!

New Lou:  They’ve spied on us.
They’ve lied to us.
Now they want to hide it from us.
For once, make Bush and Cheney level with us.  Say NO to telecom immunity.

Socked Salmon:  Image of statue of liberty on phone talking with George Washington wth George Bush evesdropping with cone held against wall in next room–caption What a difference a George Makes

Republicans shown tapping their feet, then tapping our phones, then tapdancing on the grave of the constitution

Just. Stop. Spying. On. Us. Now.

— And don’t miss this great comment from KathyinBlacksburg.

Am sure that I missed some, and I omitted a few that were legally inaccurate.  Which ones do you like best?  Any new ideas?  Use this thread as a sounding board…

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Christy Hardin Smith

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