Update, January 14: Final vote 30 yes, 2 no, 1 present. Get FISA Right has officially endorsed the special prosecutor idea. Thread locked. Thanks to all for participating!
We’ve had two good discussion threads so far (here and here) on whether or not Get FISA Right should endorse the Bob Fertik’s idea Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration in the change.org Ideas for Change in America competition.
Sam Stein’ Obama Leaves Door Open To Investigating Bush, But Wants To “Look Forward” gives an overview of President-elect Obama’s position as well as Bob’s. I’ve invited Bob (whose a long-time Get FISA Right member) to post here on why he thinks this makes sense, and also asked Ari Melber (who’s been working with Bob and covering this at The Nation) for his perspectives, but haven’t heard yet whether they’re interested.
So with the Thursday 2 PM Pacific time deadline for Ideas for Change, let’s get the voting started now.
Please remember that we’re voting on whether Get FISA Right should endorse the idea, not on whether each of us as individuals supports it.
To vote, please submit a comment to this thread with the following:
– a Yes/No/Present, alone on a line. Yes means “we should endorse the idea in the Ideas for Change competition”, no means “we should not endorse at this time”
– a sentence or two explaining your vote. if you’ve got more to say, please use the discussion thread or just link off to a longer post.
– an opinion, if you have one, on what our threshold should be: a simple majority (50% + 1)? a super-majority of 60% just like the Senate? something else? it’s unfortunate that we’re deciding on this at the same time as the vote, but i’m not sure what else to do here.
We’ll close the voting at 6 a.m Pacific time Wednesday. If the measure is approved, that’ll give us about 30 hours to act … hopefully enough to make a difference. At least assuming there aren’t any recounts …
If you decide to change your vote later, that’s okay — just reply again, making sure to link back to which vote you’re changing.
I’ll go first as an example, but to attempt to minimize how much I influence things I’ll vote “present” for now.
PS: And speaking of voting, please check out Steve Elliot’s Get FISA Right: Last Chance To Vote Against Domestic Spying and consider voting for it on digg — we are probably close to making the front page.