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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 08:15 PM
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What does the government know about you? (PFAW)
An email from People For the American Way (http://www.pfaw.org )...

What does the government know about you?

There are few things that the Bush administration hates more than sharing information -- that's why it's willing to use every trick in the book to keep its secrets.

After excessive secrecy helped bring down the Nixon administration, Congress strengthened the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to guarantee citizens' right to know what their government is doing.

Over the years, People For the American Way has asserted this right by filing numerous FOIA requests. Most recently, PFAW Foundation demanded in court that the NSA reveal how many people it had spied on through its illegal domestic surveillance program and whether it had collected any information on our organization.

In order to bring the power of FOIA to you, People For the American Way launched FOIARequest.org last week. Designed to make it easy for you to assert your right to know what the government knows about you, the basic information needed to complete a FOIA request takes less than a minute to enter.

In the past five days, over 10,000 people have used this service to try to find out whether the Bush administration has been monitoring their phone calls or reading their email.

If you're concerned the government has spied on you, you can visit FOIARequest.org right away.

FOIARequest.org is part of our four-part campaign to restore our constitutional system based on the principles of transparency, accountability, oversight, and public vigilance. Congress' Republican leadership, under pressure from Vice President Cheney, appears to be retreating from its oversight obligations and its demands for transparency. It's up to citizens like you and me to use tools like the Freedom of Information Act to demand the information necessary to hold administration officials accountable if they have broken the law.

You can fill out a FOIA request by visiting FOIARequest.org.

Also, please help us spread the word about FOIARequest.org. We can't promise the Bush administration will be forthcoming, but if Americans don't assert their right to know, we may lose it altogether.

Ralph G. Neas
President


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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 08:20 PM
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1. Jeez
They know all about me, which is nothing, really.

I have an NASD license... they have my entire life's history AND my fingerprints.

Good thing I'm a nice person and other than a couple of speeding tickets, I've never had an issue with the law.

Some people would say I'm just chicken... heh!


Although, it would be interesting to find out what THEY think is important.

"Juniper is one of those crazy, moon-bat lefties that posts on DU!"


Shocking!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 08:37 PM
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2. glad to see this is available
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