is preparing to offer the following petition to committee chair Arlen
Specter. Please consider adding your name to the petition at the
'We, the undersigned Americans, urge you to hold thorough public
hearings into the program of secret, warrant-less wiretaps authorized
by President Bush since 2001. Congress must act to thoroughly
investigate the President's actions now.
Clearly, protecting Americans from terrorism here at home must be the
top priority of any Administration. But we certainly can do that
without trampling on the Constitution in the process. Defending
America means protecting our homeland as well as preserving our very
rights and freedoms as citizens.
That's why Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) in 1978, to protect national security while still preserving
civil liberties. Why did President Bush consciously choose to violate
federal law, even though the Act clearly states that FISA "shall be
the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance...and the
interception of domestic wire and oral communications may be
This egregious and repeated violation of American civil liberties by
President Bush and his Administration requires a thorough
Congressional investigation. That's why we urge you to hold hearings
before you take up Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court.'