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An Open Letter to President Obama

An Open Letter to President Obama

From health care reform, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s hard not to feel like the progressive wave that swept Democrats into power a year ago has lost a great deal of momentum.  Civil liberties groups in particular have felt abandoned by the administration as the Department of Justice struck deal after deal to preserve Bush era policies such as warrantless wiretaps, the use of the state-secrets privilege, and the continuation of military tribunals.  By many measures this has been a bleak start to a promising administration.

But if you think hope is lost, if you believe change can’t come, think again.  A dogged group of activists, from libertarians to lefties has come together to petition the administration to take real, serious, and substantial steps in undoing the constitutional desecration of the Bush administration.  And given their track record, there’s no reason to think these efforts won’t get noticed.

In July 2008 the group Get FISA Right sent an open letter to President Obama taking him on directly over the issues of transparency and accountability of executive authority.  Harnessing the power and influence of social media Get FISA Right created a cross-pollinated coalition of citizens concerned about civil liberties infractions, The President not only received the letter, he responded.  The group’s strategy and the President’s response was picked up by mainstream media outlets like Time, The New York Times, and CNN.  Not to shabby for a bunch of internet activists.

As I’ve tracked here at Care2, key provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire at the end of the year.  While the bill that ultimately came out of committee was not as change-inducing as many had hoped, all hope is not lost.  The Get FISA Right group has once again petitioned the President to eradicate key troublesome provisions such as the Lone Wolf provisions, sneak and peak, and the abusive use of National Security Letters.

You can do your part to.  Get FISA Right has created another open letter to President Obama.  This time they have partnered with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee who is hosting the letter.  Click here, sign the letter, sign the Care2 petition, and let President Obama know that nothing short of transparency and accountability counts for change you can believe in.

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2:32PM PST on Jan 1, 2010

Thanks for this.

7:28AM PST on Dec 7, 2009

take down the patriot act

2:39PM PST on Dec 3, 2009

I love this! This site will not let anyone else write anything or articles on here, but stands by their "experts" who can't seem to get anything correct.

As to the Obama haters, he has yet to invade a country falsifying photographs and facts only to remove a dictator from power. He also isn't for collateral damage or the killing of civilians, which Bush stood for, like his father. You may not like Obama for what he's done, but the economy started to go to hell when Bush was in power. Then like a speeding locomotive, Bush jumped off right before the crash. That is when Obama took over. Not to mention that the Bush family is not allowed in parts of Europe as the family has committed war crimes. Also lets not mention that Bush listed anyone as a terrorist group. Greenpeace is listed as a terrorist group just as Hezbollah.

12:29PM PST on Dec 1, 2009

Hey Earlette, Jessica has never felt the need to respect truth or facts. She emotes nonsense, but believes her supposed moral superiority somehow justifies her ignorance and dishonesty.

8:44AM PST on Dec 1, 2009

"In July 2008 the group Get FISA Right sent an open letter to President Obama...." In July, 2008 the President was George W. Bush; Obama wasn't ELECTED until November, 2008, and sworn into office until January, 2009. Too many factual errors here to be coherent.

8:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2009

Actually, I've disproved almost every claim you've made since you were here, while pointing out your dishonest tactics. You merely choose to ignore them.

I'll check the faculty list again next month. I simply don't believe a word you say.

7:32PM PST on Nov 30, 2009

Not that this warrants a response, Jeffery, but my appointment was effective at the beginning of the month. Check back at the site. And yes, I am listed as adjunct faculty. But that's what we do when we cant debate the issues, now isnt it.

2:46PM PST on Nov 30, 2009


9:43AM PST on Nov 30, 2009

I hope President Obama will read this letter.

9:39AM PST on Nov 30, 2009

A question for Jessica:

Among other things, you list this on your bio: "and the Assistant Director of Hamline University School of Law's Health Law Institute."

I was puzzled to see that Hamline University Law School for some reason failed to list you among the faculty:

Or even among the mere adjunct professors:

Did I miss your listing, or is that the wrong Hamline University School of law?

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