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  •  Exactly: necessary but not sufficient (19+ / 0-)

    The petitions are useful because they make noise: they serve as notice to the press, the government, and our fellow citizens that we're paying attention.  And in the case of the White House petition, they at least force some sort of response.

    But what we really need is serious investigation of this kind of abuse, and oversight of the kind that Jesselyn is referencing above.  And as ways to honor Aaron's memory go, that wouldn't be such a bad one.

    •  Activism stopped SOPA. (12+ / 0-)

      Chances are activism can do something here.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:07:49 PM PST

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      •  Bingo! (3+ / 0-)

        Glad to hear the petition already hit 25 K, had a ways to go when I signed.

        So, how about a link to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary?
        I would suggest going with Jesselyn's excellent concept. Always good to put it in your own words as much as possible rather than using just one.

        Senate Judiciary Committee exercise meaningful oversight over the out-of-control Justice Department, which has waged an unprecedented, unaccountable, brutal war on whistleblowers and hackers, and to create something akin to the Church Committee to investigate the improper monitoring and targeting of hackers, whistleblowers, Occupy participants, journalists, and a numerous other groups of non-violent "offenders" who've done nothing to harm anyone or the country, and have been acting purely in the public interest.
        Note, their schedule is perfect.
        Hearings for Current Week of 01/14/2013
        There are no hearings scheduled for this week.
        Hearings for Week of 01/21/2013
        There are no hearings scheduled for this week.
        Hearings for Week of 01/28/2013
        There are no hearings scheduled for this week.
        Looks to me like they need something to do ;)

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:41:10 PM PST

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