Members of Congress are hearing you…
“The President does not operate outside the law.”
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the FISA stand-off.
“The President’s comments are wrong, divisive and nothing more than fear-mongering.”
— House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in a statement about FISA
“We are a strong nation. We cannot allow ourselves to be scared into suspending the Constitution.”
— Rep. Silvestre Reyes in a letter to Pres. Bush
The administration played the fear card and, this time, their bluff was called. Finally, the House of Representatives — led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer — refused to yield.
It happened on a critical showdown over FISA legislation. Refusing all reasonable courses of action, the Bush White House essentially said give us what we want, including immunity for telecom companies that cooperated with the administration’s illegal efforts, or we will accuse you of being soft on terrorism.
And House leaders refused to bend, letting the ill-named Protect America Act expire rather than cave in to the fear-mongering. They’ve taken a strong stand. And now, we need to urge them to hold firm.
The Bush administration is going all out now — doing everything it can to bully Congress into caving in the face of a massive fear-mongering onslaught. We’ve got to push back with an all-out “Facts Over Fear” campaign.
Caroline Fredrickson, Director
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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Franklin @ February 15, 2008