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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Open Letter to Senators Lautenberg and Menendez

Sent via Act for Change:

"This letter, my friend, is pissing in the wind...
This letter is pissing in the wind."

Even though I know that the entire Senate, and especially the members of the Judiciary Committee, and especially Senator Arlen Specter, are playing strawman to Bush, and will never decide to reassert authority, bring back checks and balances, and justify their existence as guardians of the Constitution, the freedom of the American people, and the ideal of individual human liberty throughout the world, nonetheless...

I'm writing you to strongly urge that you reject the nomination of General Michael Hayden to take over as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

First and foremost, General Hayden seems completely unacquainted with the text of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In January, he suggested it requires only some vague "reasonableness standard" and denied the need for probable cause based upon a warrant. This is deeply disturbing.

I also ask that you review his testimony before Congress on October 17th, 2002, in which he testified under oath that all domestic surveillance was being conducted in accordance with the FISA law. We know now, and he knew then, that the President's illegal spying program is being conducted far outside the procedures carefully spelled out in FISA. There should be a penalty for lying to Congress under oath, but at the very least this should prevent his confirmation by the Senate.

Don't bother to convey your views back to me. I don't care if you are "in the minority party," or "trying to be civil and bipartisan." Speak your minds, for a change, if you have any minds of your own left. Just grow a spine and take back our country from the imminent military dictatorship - complete with concentration camps and torture chambers for political dissenters - Bush is building, brick by bloody brick.

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