I received an e-letter from Jay Inslee yesterday regarding his position on FISA. Rep. Inslee represents Washington's First Congressional District and is thus my representative. He is also a terrific representative and legislator.
I am especially proud of the fact that he voted no on the 2008 FISA Amendments. Here is his brief statement from CR:
Mr. INSLEE: Have we forgotten what our ancestors have done in the cause of liberty? Don't we realize there are some lines we can never cross? Don't we realize we should never legitimize illegal violations of America's privacy rights, which this bill does?
This bill says if the telecommunication companies violated America's privacy willfully, knowingly, knowing it was illegal, we are giving them immunity. Where is the excuse for that? Where is the excuse for turning a Nation of laws into a Nation that will be led by a President who knows how to manipulate our fears?
We have got to know the law is our ultimate guardian of liberty, and those on this side have accused us of having a pre-9/11 mentality. Let me remind them that July 4, 1776, was pre-9/11. And heaven help us the day that those values are shucked aside at the service of fear.
Reject this bill.
I especially like this: "Let me remind them that July 4, 1776, was pre-9/11. And heaven help us the day that those values are shucked aside at the service of fear."
Freedom. A nation of laws. These are two of the ideals our country was founded on and those we celebrate every July 4.
Thank you, Rep. Inslee for understanding this and standing up for US.