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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Senators urged to vote against wiretapping

Monday, Jul. 7, 2008

In a letter to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus opposed H.R. 6304, the FISA Act of 2008.

The complete text of the letter follows:

July 8, 2008

Dear Senator Voinovich/Senator Brown:

On behalf of the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our members across central Ohio, I urge you to vote against H.R. 6304, the FISA Act of 2008. This week in particular, as we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence, it is clear that widespread warrantless wiretapping of Americans is unacceptable in a democracy.

Please support legislation that will ensure that government agencies obtain individual warrants before wiretapping the communications of Americans, and make sure telecommunications providers are not let off the hook for possible illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.

Government agencies should not obtain information about Americans without the appropriate judicial constraints. While the intelligence community needs the authority to track terrorists abroad, this can and should be done without threatening our civil liberties.

Thank you for your consideration of the League’s request, and for your service to Ohio.