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Last Wednesday, a company recalled romaine lettuce in 29 states due to salmonella. Much of that lettuce was already in people's homes. Did you know about the recall effort so you could check on your greens? Probably not.
It's time we stop relying on unreliable recalls and start to prevent food poisoning up front. The Food Safety Enhancement Act will do that, but we need your Representative to vote FOR it this week, before Congress goes on its recess!
Parties for health reform Congress is headed home in August, and members need to hear about fixing health care, not just ignoring it. We’re looking for activists to hold house parties (we have tips and help here) where your guests write letters about getting real solutions to their problems.
Newsweek recently reported that the nation's biggest phone companies, "working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them" for helping the Bush administration illegally wiretap innocent Americans.1
Yesterday, President Bush weighed in publicly, promising to veto an upcoming bill dealing with our nation's wiretapping policy if it doesn't give corporations retroactive immunity for their lawbreaking.2
Pending lawsuits could be the only way Americans ever find out how far Bush went in breaking the law—Bush's threat yesterday is an attempted cover-up.3
Some Democrats like Sen. Russ Feingold immediately said no to Bush.4 But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said retroactive immunity "is not off the table."5
Can you call your Congressman today? Tell him to oppose retroactive immunity for phone companies' lawbreaking.
Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union summed up the situation well:
Why is the president of the United States trying to get the telecommunications companies off the hook for their illegal activity? He is supposed to be upholding laws, not encouraging companies to break them. Businesses that break the law should be held accountable. We expect these companies to keep our personal information private, and if they break the law, there should be consequences—not a re-write of the rule book.6
After September 11, the Bush Administration began working with phone companies to monitor the private phone calls and emails of millions of ordinary Americans without legally-required warrants. A former AT&T employee says the company even let the government set up shop right in their office—a charge AT&T has refused to confirm or deny.7
Since then, lawsuits have been filed against these companies for breaking the law—and these suits could allow facts to surface that the Bush administration has so far refused to give Congress. Retroactive immunity for phone company lawbreaking could prevent the truth from ever coming out.
That's why we need lots of members of Congress to oppose the idea of letting these phone companies off the hook for past lawbreaking. Can you call or email your Rep?
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Adam G., Justin, Natalie and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team Thursday, October 11th, 2007
It sounds unbelievable—but did you know that anyone can go online and purchase cell or home phone records of people like you?
Today, AMERICAblog was able to buy Gen. Wesley Clark's personal cell phone records with no problem. Phone companies and congressional leaders have known about this problem, but they've failed to address it.
Even at a time when our right to privacy is under attack on multiple fronts, the idea that someone can simply go online and buy another person's phone records seems beyond possibility—but it is true, and it must be stopped immediately.
Please sign this emergency petition to your congressional representatives today.
"Congress and phone companies have dealt a stunning blow to the privacy rights of everyday Americans by allowing cell and home phone records to be sold online to anyone. Congress must immediately pass a law that strictly prohibits these unauthorized sales, and begin enforcing this law now."
CBS Evening News plans to run a story on this issue tonight.1 With bipartisan uproar over the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping of American citizens and the Patriot Act's allowing of government spying into people's library records, concern over privacy has never been higher.
Those who sign our petition will be kept informed of the next steps that can be taken to pressure Congress into stopping the sale of unauthorized phone records—so please be sure to pass this petition to others who care about privacy issues.
The Chicago Sun-Times set off alarm bells on January 5 when it ran a story titled, "Your phone records are for sale." The article said:
The Chicago Police Department is warning officers their cell phone records are available to anyone—for a price. Dozens of online services are selling lists of cell phone calls, raising security concerns among law enforcement and privacy experts.
Criminals can use such records to expose a government informant who regularly calls a law enforcement official.
Suspicious spouses can see if their husband or wife is calling a certain someone a bit too often.
And employers can check whether a worker is regularly calling a psychologist—or a competing company...
Late last month, the department sent a warning to officers about [a company], which sells lists of calls made on cell phones and land lines.2
The Washington Post reported this six months ago and nothing's been done by the phone companies or Congress. A spokesperson for Cingular Wireless called the acquisition of call records "an infinitesimally small problem." A spokesperson for Verizon Wireless dismissively said, "There are probably 100 such sites"—as if they were nothing to worry about.3
But John Aravosis of AMERICAblog has recently taken the lead in exposing this outrage. Today, AMERICAblog was able to purchase the personal cell phone history of former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. He writes:
AMERICAblog just bought General Wesley Clark's cell phone records for $89.95...All we needed was General Clark's cell phone number and our credit card, and 24 hours later we had one hundred calls the general made on his cell phone in November. The calls included a number of calls to Arkansas, to foreign countries, and at least one call to a prominent reporter at the Washington Post.4
In Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced last week a series of state proposals to crackdown on the unauthorized release or sale of phone records, saying, "This is outrageous and will not be tolerated in Illinois." We need Congress to take the same attitude and pass strong federal legislation immediately.
There is no time to wait. Congress must act immediately and shut these sites down now.
Please sign an emergency petition calling on Congress to crack down on unauthorized phone records today.
– Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team Thursday, January 12, 2006
P.S. This issue affects a massive number of people, and to understand the gravity of this issue Congress must be overwhelmed by the size of this petition. Can you please send this petiton to others you know who care about the privacy of their phone records?
P.P.S. Since AMERICAblog, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune began reporting on this issue, some companies that sell phone records have apparently tried to hide their tracks from the public by denying some orders made in recent days. But these companies still openly and shamelessly advertise their ability to sell this information, and will continue doing so until their activities are definitively outlawed.
One website says:
You provide the business or personal cell phone number, we will send you the outgoing calls made from the most recent (or requested) billing period, including dates and calls made...
Note: We DO NOT CHARGE hidden back end fees like other sites if you don't have a Social Security Number ($20), Name and Address ($45), or Cell Carrier ($20), in order to complete this search. Our cost TO YOU is the same whether you know that information or not!!
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