I see in the news that Bush is trying to sucker Arlen Spector into a deal on domestic spying.
The idea is that congress will pass a new law that will somehow solve the problem of Bush’s illegal wiretapping. However this would be a serious mistake. Last Friday I was in Federal District Court in Northern California in the Electronic Frontier Foundation vs. AT&T case. In this case as you might have read the Bush administration is trying to block the lawsuit on the basis that the domestic spying is a military secret.
I was there in court and this is something you won’t see in the news because most of the reporters left early but the Justice Dept. lawyers told the judge that if Congress passes any law restricting domestic spying that they would ignore the law and threatened the judge with a constitutional crisis if he ruled against them. So Arlen is going to get screwed because no matter what law they pass Bush will not follow it.
What’s important here is to get a lot of people to call Alren Spector ASAP (Monday) and let him know that he’s about to get screwed because bush lawyers told the judge that they will refuse to obey the law. The number for his office is 202-224-4254. Please do whatever it takes, posting on your web sites, on other’s web sites, and do a special mailing to your lists to get the word out. We need to get Arlen’s attention and make him understand that he’s being suckered.