Thursday, May 11, 2006

Letter to Senator Feinstein: NSA investigation shutdown

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I have written to you several times this year about the illegal wiretaps being conducted by the NSA on behalf of the Administration. You wrote to me on April 8, and said:

"There will be further hearings in the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Once the facts are clear, we can decide on appropriate corrective action."

Today we learned that the Administration has refused to give the attorneys charged with gathering information on the NSA program (or programs) the security clearances they need to do their job.

The only fact you will be able to determine is that the Administration will not allow you to get the facts you need. The Administration has confirmed its contempt for the Intelligence Committee's oversight role. Censure is the least this President deserves.

All Americans need you to uphold your pledge to defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is plain to us that the enemies are in the White House. What's more, we see more opposition from the Republicans than the Democrats: yet again, the GOP has led and taken control of the debate. Through you, my senator, I call on all Congressional Democrats to make a union to protect the Bill of Rights, and actively move against the Constitution's domestic enemies in the Administration.

Rather than replying to this email in two months, I would prefer to see a response on television today. You say yourself that the NSA program is criminal, and the President is again putting himself above the law.

He must be stopped. Please act now.

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