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June 24, 2008 07:50 PM UTC

We must begin restoring trust in our government

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  • by: Dayna Hanson

(another reason I STRONGLY support Jared – promoted by DavidThi808)

Update by DavidThi – Will Shafroth also issued an unequivicoal statement supporting the rule of law and condeming the House’s cave-in on FISA. Congrats to Will also. (Will’s statement is in the comments below.)

Yesterday Jared Polis released the following statement on the recent compromise by House Democrats on FISA regulations:

“I am very disappointed by Congress’ recent supposed compromise on FISA regulations. There is a term for governments that allow for unilateral control, it’s called tyranny and we can not, under any circumstance, give free reign to one person over any leader in this nation.

“If we, as a nation, are going to mend our reputation at home and throughout the world, we must begin by restoring trust in our government.

“Rushing FISA reform through Congress is not the answer. Congress must stand firm against allowing Republicans and the Bush Administration to violate the civil liberties of our citizens any more than they already have. Further, phone companies should not be given a pass and should be held accountable for their involvement in unwarranted wiretapping.

“The fear mongering tactics of President Bush and his cronies on Capitol Hill are tired; the American public now understands that we can have security at home while also protecting the civil liberties of our law abiding citizens.”

To learn more about Jared Polis, visit http://www.polisforcongress.com  

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19 thoughts on “We must begin restoring trust in our government

  1. check out his latest press release at

    http://e2ma.net/map/view=Campa

    Jeff is also all about restoring trust in (GOP) governance.

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    Joel Hefley Endorses Jeff Crank for Congress

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Jeff Crank, Republican candidate for Congress in Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District, today announced the endorsement of former Congressman Joel Hefley.

    I’m shocked.  Shocked.


    “I know it can be difficult to stand up for what’s right when colleagues make bad decisions.  Jeff and I did just that for eight years.  I know Jeff can make a difference in restoring and renewing our party in Congress.  That’s why I am endorsing him.”

    Hefley says he is disappointed in the Republican legislators [presumably including himself] who spend Billions like drunken sailors.

    Then he gets all uppity about Lamborn spending $125K on franked mail.

    Go figure.

    .

     

  2. I’m all for promoting press releases to the front page, so long as said releases are accompanied with some commentary.

    This one isn’t.

    I used to be a vehement Polis fan, but even then, I wouldn’t be supportive of posting this to the front page without qualifying it with some sort of opening to discussion.

    Otherwise, isn’t Pols just more of a tool for propaganda distribution?

    Actually, don’t listen to me, I did the same thing when I was with Senator Gravel.

    1. A number of us were pounding Udall for caving on this issue. Of the 3 running, Jared is the only one who came out with a clear statement on the FISA bill. I thought for that reason it deserved promotion.

      1. Shafroth sent out this “clear statement on the FISA bill” today. You want to cut and paste it into its own front-page diary?

        No Immunity for Telecoms

        Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill. The bill gives telecoms retroactive immunity for disclosing private information about citizens to the government. I opposed the FISA bill, and if I was in Congress I would have voted against it. While this current bill does take some steps to weaken the authority of the President to unilaterally spy on Americans, it does not go far enough in returning our civil liberties to the same level they were before President Bush started his illegal spying program. Many of the protections in the bill are superficial and there are too many avenues left to the President to unconstitutionally spy on American citizens.

        In addition, I oppose the measure in the bill providing telecoms with retroactive immunity. First of all, this is a slap in the face of companies like Qwest who refused the NSA’s requests for information on their customers. Qwest understood there could be legal ramifications for handing over such data without a warrant. Second, retroactive immunity doesn’t make sense in any case. If a telecom was following the law, then they have nothing to fear and don’t need immunity. If they violated the law, they should face the consequences of their actions.

      2. Will also released a statement on the FISA vote.

        No Immunity for Telecoms

        Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill. The bill gives telecoms retroactive immunity for disclosing private information about citizens to the government. I opposed the FISA bill, and if I was in Congress I would have voted against it. While this current bill does take some steps to weaken the authority of the President to unilaterally spy on Americans, it does not go far enough in returning our civil liberties to the same level they were before President Bush started his illegal spying program. Many of the protections in the bill are superficial and there are too many avenues left to the President to unconstitutionally spy on American citizens.

        In addition, I oppose the measure in the bill providing telecoms with retroactive immunity. First of all, this is a slap in the face of companies like Qwest who refused the NSA’s requests for information on their customers. Qwest understood there could be legal ramifications for handing over such data without a warrant. Second, retroactive immunity doesn’t make sense in any case. If a telecom was following the law, then they have nothing to fear and don’t need immunity. If they violated the law, they should face the consequences of their actions.

        Learn more about Will at http://www.ShafrothForCongress

  3. The  Longmont Times-Call reported today:

    The three Democrats seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Mark Udall in Congress disagree with his vote for a federal electronic surveillance bill last week.

    Joan Fitz-Gerald, Jared Polis and Will Shafroth issued separate statements objecting to last Friday’s U.S. House approval of a bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act….

    Said land conservation activist Shafroth: “While this current bill takes some small steps to weaken the authority of the president to unilaterally spy on Americans, it does not go far enough in protecting our civil liberties.”

    Internet entrepreneur Polis said that “phone companies should not be given a pass and should be held accountable for their involvement in unwarranted wiretapping.”

    And former state Senate President Fitz-Gerald criticized the bill’s “de facto immunity for telecommunications companies that broke the law.”

    “The government has no right to listen and wiretap any phone without judicial oversight,” she said.

    Fitz-Gerald, Polis and Shafroth – who are vying for Democratic voters’ support in the Aug. 12 primary election in the 2nd Congressional District – did not criticize Eldorado Springs Democrat Udall by name in their statements.

    More quotes from all three statements in the full article.

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