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Wrong Answer to Victim's Rights
    #1423723 - 04/02/03 06:22 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

From: Matt Howes, National Internet Organizer, ACLU
To: ACLU Action Network Members
Date: April 2, 2003

1) Wrong Answer to Victim's Rights!

The Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to once again consider a
misguided effort to amend the Constitution. You're receiving this special
email because one of your Senators is on the Judiciary Committee and it
is crucial that you speak out now to stop this amendment before it gets
to the Senate floor.

The proposal -- the so-called Victims' Rights Amendment (S.J. Res 1) --
would, if passed, jeopardize the bedrock legal principles that the
accused are innocent until proven guilty and that everyone in this country
should have the right to a fair trail.

While many provisions of the proposed amendment reflect laudable goals,
it is unnecessary, even counterproductive, to amend the U.S.
Constitution to achieve them. Every state has either a state constitutional
provision or law protecting victims' rights -- or both. For this and other
reasons, victims groups including National Network to End Domestic
Violence, Survivors Advocating for an Effective System, Safe Horizons and
the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women are speaking
out against this constitutional amendment.

Take Action! You can read more and help stop this effort to amend the
Constitution by sending a FREE FAX to your Senators from our action
alert at:


2) Support Oversight over the Secret FISA Court!

In the wake of government scandals about illegal wiretaps and break-ins
carried out by the FBI during the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war
movements, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) to provide oversight to intelligence gathering activities in the
United States. In the decades since its original passage, however, FISA and
the super-secret court it created have steadily expanded their reach to
where they now pose a significant threat to the individual rights they
were originally designed to protect.

In a rare public opinion, the FISA court itself criticized the
government for going too far with wiretaps. But citing procedural arguments,
the Supreme Court recently rejected the case, leaving those concerned
about an over-reaching government with nowhere to turn but Congress.

The Department of Justice, for example, refuses to release even the
most basic information about the FISA court, such as the number of
Americans under surveillance and the number of times FISA information has been
used in law enforcement. But bipartisan legislation introduced by
Senators Charles Grassley of Iowa and Patrick Leahy of Vermont would ensure
that this secret court has Congressional oversight without hindering
law enforcement. Without this legislation, we will be denied the proper
public accounting of this secret court's activities.

Urge your Senators to support the FISA Oversight Bill and ensure that
secret courts have proper oversight!


"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."--Voltaire

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Re: Wrong Answer to Victim's Rights [Re: silversoul7]
    #1423747 - 04/02/03 06:31 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Thanks Silversoul.

I clicked on the link you provided and sent a fax to my senators thanks to the generous people at the ACLU. I will make this post sticky.

To call humans 'rational beings' does injustice to the term, 'rational.'  Humans are capable of rational thought, but it is not their essence.  Humans are animals, beasts with complex brains.  Humans, more often than not, utilize their cerebrum to rationalize what their primal instincts, their preconceived notions, and their emotional desires have presented as goals - humans are rationalizing beings.

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Re: Wrong Answer to Victim's Rights [Re: silversoul7]
    #1427425 - 04/04/03 01:18 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

This would be a very violating amendment to our already dilapidated constitution. Thank you for sharing.

"It's only wrong if you get caught.
If consequences dictate
my course of action
I should play GOD."

Maynard James Keenan, Tool

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Re: Wrong Answer to Victim's Rights [Re: silversoul7]
    #1428729 - 04/04/03 01:58 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Someone needs to put an end to this bullshit.


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