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Time Magazine Takes Fingers Out Of Ears, Will Publish Feingold Letter

According to the Feingold office, Time has decided to follow the Chicago Tribune’s lead and print his letter regarding Joe Klein’s abominable FISA propaganda. I guess if your sloppy journalism is going to be excused by "both sides are equal," you better bother to print both sides:

Joe Klein criticizes the Democrats on Iraq, even though we are acting on the demands of the American people that we bring the Iraq war to a close ("What others are saying," Editorial, Nov. 28).

And Klein calls the Democrats’ position on reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "well beyond stupid" but without getting his facts straight.

Contrary to Klein’s claims, Democrats want to require individualized warrants only when the government targets Americans, not foreigners overseas. Klein is also flat out wrong to suggest there is "broad, bipartisan agreement" on new surveillance powers. In fact, the administration and its allies adamantly oppose even modest proposals to protect law-abiding Americans who are swept up in this new, essentially warrantless surveillance. Only after the president’s illegal wiretapping program was publicly revealed was the administration forced to comply with the law. Now the administration is demanding broad new powers that could allow it to collect countless communications. Congress must make sure that the new law requires independent court oversight and protects innocent Americans’ privacy. That’s not "stupid"; that’s our sworn and solemn duty.

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold

No word yet on whether they’re still thumbing their nose at John Conyers.

Glenzilla-1, Time Magazine-0.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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