Over the weekend, Bob Fertik proposed the idea of a “Constitutional slate” of Ideas for Change in America, including his Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration as well as our Get FISA Right, repeal the PATRIOT Act, and restore our civil liberties and Pierre Loiselle’s Repeal the Patriot Act.
Does Get FISA Right want to take the first steps towards this by endorsing Bob’s idea?
When the topic of investigating the Bush Administration came up on one of our phone calls in December, there was a mix of opinions. One underlying concern, even among some people who are in favor of a special prosecutor, is whether this is outside our charter — which is currently focused on FISA (although there’s broad support for broadening it). We also agreed that Get FISA Right is focused on the future, not revenge for the past. Lloyd brought up some other concerns in a comment on the other thread:
How can you link up this genteel “Please Get FISA Right” effort with one calling for a Special Prosecutor for Crimes of the Bush Administration,” which has nothing to do with Government Reform and would set a tone for divisiveness and gridlock?
On the other hand, one of our key messages for the future is restoring the rule of law, and it’s hard to see how that happens without accountability. And there’s also an argument to be made that additional investigations that help reveal the facts about wiretapping will lead to broader opposition to FISA. There’s clearly a lot to be gained by joining forces here: many progressive, libertarian, and radical activists, bloggers, and journalists are likely to support both. So I can see arguments both ways …
What do others think? Please weigh in here, and we’ll also discuss it on Tuesday’s conference call.
PS: as a disclaimer, I personally support Bob’s idea, and speaking for myself have endorsed it as well as several others. However, Get FISA Right’s perspective is very different from mine as an individual, and so it’s something we should discuss as a group.