Monday, January 09, 2006

John Lewis' response to my response

The other day I wrote the N Georgia congressman. He wrote me back.

January 9, 2006

Mr. doombilly
Yonder St
Charlotte, NC

Dear Mr. Doombilly:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the
controversial domestic eavesdropping program that was secretly authorized
by President Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. I appreciate your
interest in this issue and am glad to have the benefit of your views.

I, too, am extremely troubled by the revelation that President
Bush authorized secret domestic surveillance operations without warrants
and beyond the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA). As you may know, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service
issued a report in early January which concluded that the
Administration’s justification for warrantless eavesdropping conflicts with existing
law and hinges on questionable legal arguments, a conclusion that is
shared by a number of notable Constitutional scholars.

I believe strongly that this matter deserves a thorough
Congressional investigation, and if the Administration’s actions are found to be
illegal, President Bush must bear the appropriate consequences. You
may also be interested to know that in addition to calling for
Congressional hearings, I, along with several of my House colleagues, have sent
correspondence to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional
Responsibility requesting that they do an internal investigation into
the role played by DOJ in the domestic surveillance program.

Make no mistake, terrorism is a serious threat and I believe that
our government must do all that it can to protect our citizens from
additional terrorist attacks, however I believe we can do so without
abandoning the principles that have guided our nation for more than 200
years. The freedoms and protections guaranteed by our Constitution and
Bill of Rights have made us the envy of the world. We must restore and
protect those freedoms lest we forever change our system of government
into something the framers of the Constitution tried desperately to

Again, thank you for taking the time to weigh in on this issue. I
hope you will continue to contact me on issues of importance to you.

John Lewis
Member of Congress


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