Mark Dorlester posted this to our Organizing for America list … interesting, so I wanted to share it more broadly — jon
Being a long-time Maryland activist, I have had interactions with Sen Ben Cardin (D-MD), co-sponsor of the Leahy Patriot Act Renewal bill to undergo markup tomorrow (Oct 1). I first met him more than 30 years ago.
In pressing his staff for Cardin to support incorporate the Feingold JUSTICE Act provisions into the Leahy-Cardin bill, I emphasized that, contrary to Bush and Obama assertions, the Constitutional oath for President (Article 2, Section 1, paragraph 8) says nothing about keeping the people safe. It requires the President to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution), and hence urging a Senator to vote in Congress to violate the Constitution in the name of allegedly protecting the people is … unconstitutional.
I specifically mentioned the assertions of certain White House and DOJ staff who are pressing, e.g., Dianne Feinstein of the Judiciary Committee, to block JUSTICE Act provisions.
I got a rather good reception. We’ll see tomorrow.