As McJoan noted, there was a great interview with Jonathan Turley on MSNBC regarding the FISA bill that I want to highlight for a moment:

OLBERMANN: Have the Democrats blinked or Mr. Feingold and Mr. Leahy are going to kill this in the Senate?

TURLEY: Well, this is more like a one-man staring contest. I mean, the Democrats never really were engaged in this. In fact, they repeatedly tried to cave in to the White House, only to be stopped by civil libertarians and bloggers. And each time they would put it on the shelf, wait a few months, they did this before, reintroduced it with Jay Rockefeller‘s support, and then there was another great, you know, dustup and they pulled it back.

I think they‘re simply waiting to see if the public‘s interest will wane and we‘ll see that tomorrow, because this bill has, quite literally, no public value for citizens or civil liberties. It is reverse engineering, though the type of thing that the Bush administration is famous for, and now the Democrats are doing—that is to change the law to conform to past conduct.

It‘s what any criminal would love to do. You rob a bank, go to the legislature, and change the law to say that robbing banks is lawful.

It feels like I have been posting nonstop about the NSA’s illegal domestic spying program since we first found out about it back in December of 2005. But every step of the way, every nit-picky legal detail analysis post and nuanced case law reading, every statement parsing and, moreover, every call to action — you guys have been there every single step of the way. You have been amazing — the calls, the FAXes, the sit-down meetings with elected representatives and staffers, all the showing up at public meetings, the letters to the editor, the rubber stamp action — everything. And you are still pulling with us to push our latest efforts forward as well.

When Jonathan Turley says that every time there has been a reprieve for the Constitution in this fight due to the actions of civil libertarians and bloggers, he means you and all of your work which has made that possible over and over again. And for that you should be very proud. Citizenship is something that you do — and you guys do it very well, indeed.

So…thank you. You guys rock.

(A little Frank Sinatra — tried to find the Laverne and Shirley version of this, because it’s funnier…but no luck.)

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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