It’s just six months until George W. Bush leaves the White House. He’s the most unpopular president in American history.
Desperate to cover up his crimes, Bush tells Congress to pass a law that will retroactively legalize his illegal spying programs that snooped on the private communications of millions of Americans. So, what does Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski do? She agrees to do it.
Why? Why would Senator Mikulski betray her constituents like that, allowing for their constitutional rights to be trampled by George W. Bush?
This issue is too important just to forget about after the vote is cast. The law that Mikulski says she will vote for tomorrow, the FISA Amendments Act, allows the White House to continue spying on Americans’ private conversations, and even to search our homes, without any search warrant or other proof of suspicion, for years to come.
Senator Mikulski’s vote for the FISA Amendments Act is a blatant violation of the Oath of Office, and a grave breach of trust. For that reason, progressive Democrats in Maryland are organizing in opposition to Mikulski’s re-election campaign for 2010.
This article is our little bit to that effort – our statement of Maryland Democrats Against Mikulski.