I just got off the phone with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office in DC, and they can’t tell me the Congressman’s position on H.R. 6304. Maybe if I call back later, said the person who answered the phone.
I have been trying since 7 AM local time–that’s 8 AM DC time–to reach the congressman’s office, but they don’t have any after-hours system for leaving messages. Apparently their email system isn’t working either, as I spent a rather frustrating half hour looking up nine digit zip codes and such before concluding that the system just wasn’t working.
Those who have been able to read H.R. 6304 say it would provide retroactive immunity for telecom companies that engaged in illegal wiretapping without a warrant and would also give the president authority for unlimited search and seizure without a warrant.
Do you trust your government to tap your phone and search your house without a warrant?
I don’t worry about Rep. Jackson’s vote, but I do worry that his office hasn’t even heard of the bill. It isn’t even available to read on Thomas and has been introduced under rules that would permit only one hour of debate.
Is it too late to stop the bill? You definitely won’t stop it if you don’t try. You can find your rep’s info here, then call the house switchboard at 202 224-3121.