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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Impeach Bush and Cheney: Impeachment Now More Than Ever!



Impeach Bush And Cheney;
Kucinich Leaves Race,
But Don’t Go Running Off
To Find A Candidate;
The Impeachment Battle
Is Just Getting Into Full Swing. We Have Work To
Do.

“It’s The Judiciary Committee Stupid!” Campaign Lead Linkhttp://courtofimpeachmentandwarcrimes.blogspot.com/2007/12/impeach-bush-and-cheney-calling-all.html

Work With Wexler
http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/30384

http://asknadler2impeach.org

http://asknadler2impeach.org/index.php?about

http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/125

Congressman Wexler is now accepting non-Judiciary Committee member’s signatures on his letter to Conyers urging Cheney impeachment hearings.

That means that no matter where you live, you should ask your congress member to contact Wexler and sign his letter!

DEMOCRAT KUCINICH QUITS WHITE HOUSE RACE
By JOE MILICIA, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago

CLEVELAND - Democrat Dennis Kucinich is abandoning his second, long-shot bid for the White House as he faces a tough fight to hold onto his other job — U.S. congressman.

In an interview with Cleveland's Plain Dealer, the six-term House member said he was quitting the race and would make a formal announcement on Friday.

"I will be announcing that I'm transitioning out of the presidential campaign," Kucinich said. "I'm making that announcement tomorrow about a new direction."

Kucinich has received little support in his presidential bid; he got 1 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary and was shut out in the Iowa caucuses. He did have a devoted following.

Kucinich, 61, is facing four challengers in the Democratic congressional primary March 4, and earlier this week he made an urgent appeal on his Web site for funds for his re-election. Rival Joe Cimperman has been critical of Kucinich for focusing too much time outside of his district while campaigning for president.

His decision comes a month after the death of his youngest brother, Perry Kucinich.

Kucinich said he will not endorse another Democrat in the primary.

Kucinich brought the same sense of idealism to his second run for president as he did in his first bid. He said he was entering the race again because the Democratic Party wasn't pushing hard enough to end the Iraq war.

Once dubbed the "boy mayor" of Cleveland, he made an unpopular decision to refuse to sell a publicly owned utility that pushed the city into default and drove him from office.

After the city's financial troubles, the mayor faced death threats, and was forced to wear a bulletproof vest when he threw out the first ball at a Cleveland Indians game. He barely survived a recall vote.

But he lost his bid for re-election as mayor of Cleveland in 1978 to Republican George Voinovich, who went on to become governor and then U.S. senator. His life and his political career were derailed. Kucinich spent more than a decade trying to get back into politics — traveling around the country and then working as a teacher, consultant and television news reporter.

In 1994, Kucinich was elected state senator and he then won a seat in Congress in 1996. His once unpopular stand against the sale of the municipal electric system was praised as courageous. In 1998, the Cleveland City Council issued him a commendation for having the foresight to refuse to sell it.

During his time in Congress, Kucinich has been one of the most outspoken liberals, opposing international trade agreements like the North America Free Trade Agreement and marching with protesters in Seattle during a meeting of the World Trade Organization.

As a presidential candidate, he has proposed a Department of Peace, backed universal health care and supported gay marriage. He also pushed for impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

At a debate last October, Kucinich delivered one of the night's lighter moments when he confirmed seeing an unidentified flying object at the Washington state home of actress Shirley MacLaine. With a smile, he said he would open a campaign office in Roswell, N.M., home to many alleged UFO sightings.

Kucinich married British citizen Elizabeth Harper, in 2005, ensuring his 2008 campaign would have one dramatic difference from his first campaign. Kucinich told New Hampshire audiences during the 2004 race that he was seeking a mate. Women then vied for a date with him during a contest arranged by a New Hampshire political Web site, but nothing romantic evolved from Kucinich's breakfast with the winner.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/1/24/155911/673/336/442053

Netroots Media Mission on Impeachment: Help Us!
by Ralph Lopez
Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 12:59:10 PM PST

Dennis Kucinich will introduce articles of impeachment against President George Bush this Monday January 28, the same day as Bush's State of the Union speech. The media is sure to try to ignore it to the best of its ability. So I have made it easy for the netroots to write to many major media outlets at once, so we can swamp them with letters and messages asking them to cover impeachment.

This experiment in the netroots "pushing it down" to the major media will send the message that we are paying close attention to the fact that the media is not doing its job. We were alerted to this when Kucinich gave his historic speech on November 6th, 2007, calling for the impeachment of Dick Cheney, and there was a deafening silence from all but the Internet media.

There is excellent reason for The Fourth Estate to actively bury the Impeachment Story…

Ralph Lopez's diary

With impeachment on the lips of 54% of Americans in the case of Cheney and 45% in the case of Bush, impeachment is a dam ready to burst. Perhaps never in American history has the true sentiment of the country been as removed from the blatherings in Congress as the Earth is from the Moon.
Once it hits one newspaper, it will have to hit others. Woman in Omaha calls sister in Dallas, Did your paper report this? Sister in Dallas says no, calls local editor, WTF is going on? It always unravels very quickly for the bad guys.

There's no sense in suggesting a form letter, since these are discounted as coming from an interest group. This is the time to write from the heart, on what you feel about impeachment, on what has happened to our country, and on our media's duty to uphold "the people's right to know."

Write the best letter you can, then send to all the listed media, something the multiple addresses feature of email makes easy. Will it help? I don't know. But Dennis is going out on a limb on Monday, as he did last November, as Rep. Wexler did earlier this month, and it's up to us to do everything we can to support these brave efforts for us, with everything we've got. We can't leave him hanging.

We have three days to make ourselves heard. This list will be updated.

Write early write often. These email addresses are all publically available online at Wikipedia listings of media, so this is not spamming. It's using the power of the Internet to achieve the breakthrough for democracy that this country so badly needs. Please bookmark this post and spread it around.

Also I have included the hometown newspapers of two key Republican congressmen in the Judiciary Committee, Howard Coble (NC) and Mike Pence (IN). The idea is if we can manage to flip one Judiciary Republican from the heartland, the rest of the Committee will come tumbling down. This is the kind of cover Barry Goldwater gave to his fellow conservatives when he told Nixon he would no longer support him. The Democrats would be left with their pants hanging around their ankles trying to explain why, if impeachment is OK for a Republican, it's not ok for them.

We've got until Monday to swamp them with appeals to their patriotism, how their children will grow up in this country too, and we don't want our children to grow up in a country governed not by laws, but by the whims of men. Use this resource for talking points with which to help compose your own missive, if you need it: "Impeachment is a Non-Partisan Issue." Also this site has a full list of Judiciary Committee members, and a local media email tool, in case you get into it and want to google some more papers in these guys' districts. Their homepage at name.house.gov will have a link called "district" which tells the names of the major cities and towns. Do a little "Podunket newspapers" google search and you'll almost always come up with a few.

Maybe some of us will get a letter to the editor in. Maybe some of us will stumble across a patriotic American.

Lock and load. Let's go.

Mike Pence (R-IN), Judiciary Committee: The Anderson Herald Bulletin, INDIANA The Star Press, Muncie, IN

Howard Coble (R-IN), Judiciary Committee: The Greensboro News-Record, NC

Email addresses of major media editorial departments, compiled from Wikipedia and the Fair Media online contact list:

business@tribune.com

tips@tribune.com

tribletter@tribune.com
metro@tribune.com

publiceditor@tribune.com

letters@washpost.com
tips@denverpost.com

editor@RockyMountainNews.com
oped@phillynews.com

letters@phillynews.com

help@chron.com
jon.wolman@detnews.com

letters@freepress.com

jwillse@starledger.com
kwhitmer@starledger.com

tcurran@starledger.com
ward.bushee@arizonarepublic.com

randy.lovely@arizonarepublic.com
john.leach@arizonarepublic.com

newstips@arizonarepublic.com
national@sptimes.com

sgoldberg@plaind.com
dasimmon@plaind.com

Blarkin@plaind.com,vk@sfgate.com
kskaggs@sfgate.com

newmedia@seattlepi.com

editpage@seattlepi.com
nightly@msnbc.com

today@nbc.com

dateline@nbc.com

evening@cbsnews.com
earlyshow@cbs.com

60II@cbsnews.com

48hours@cbsnews.com

ftn@cbsnews.com
hardball@msnbc.com

msnbcreports@msnbc.com

newshour@pbs.org
ombudsman@npr.org

atc@npr.org,morning@npr.org

totn@npr.org
rush@eibnet.com

letters@latimes.com

readers.rep@latimes.com
letters@nytimes.com

nytnews@nytimes.com

editor@usatoday.com
wsj.ltrs@wsj.com

wsjcontact@dowjones.com

letters@washpost.com
ombudsman@washpost.com

letters@newsweek.com

letters@time.com
letters@usnews.com

info@ap.org,tips@upi.com

The war has not become irrelevant by any means, but it has become somewhat invisible. Banner headlines and endless “special reports” made us all aware that an actor named Heath Ledger died this week. But you may not have been so aware that Justin R. Whiting, Cameron Babcock, Richard Burress and Jon Schoolcraft also died this week - all of them U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, four of the 27 killed this month and of the almost 4,000 killed since the war began.

Amy Goodman's article about the ousting of Dennis Kucinich from the Las Vegas debate reveals the sorry state our nation is in. In response to Kucinich's successful lawsuit, NBC appealed, saying, "If anyone's First Amendment rights are being infringed, they are MSNBC's." That this statement was made with a straight face, and that the Nevada Supreme Court bought it, indicates how much our nation is in the throes of corporate power.

Corporations are not the "persons" the Constitution speaks of. They cannot speak like people do because they are artificial entities. Their sole reason for being is legitimate -- make a profit and, therefore, value for their shareholders. To allow them, in addition, the same free speech rights of human citizens is to go well beyond that and give them access to our government and our institutions with a vastly more powerful tool than you or I have -- huge reservoirs of cash.

We must reverse this scurrilous notion that corporations have the same free speech rights as human citizens. If we fail to do this, corporations will continue to silence voices that don't agree with their profit motive, and they will continue to buy the candidates who will favor their profit motive when elected.

And our nation will continue to slip from the control of true citizens and be governed by the corporate profit seekers.

So Close Yet So FarBy john I am desperate to speak my truth to Nancy Pelosi. I will be satisfied with knowing that I was heard. Pretty simple. She refuses to meet with me and makes an appointment for me to speak to a deaf man. Oh, Lord, I hope you’re laughing. ...March in My Name - http://www.marchinmyname.org

A few years back, everybody was all, “Let’s impeach Bush & Cheney & Rumsfeld and try them for war crimes and execute them by firing squad, on Pay Per View.” And then our nation sort of got over it — what administration doesn’t launch a bunch of illegal wars — because the Democrats won Congress and the economy collapsed and now Americans are basically just looking around nervously for food and shelter, maybe under that bridge.
Well the good times are back: Dennis Kucinich is going to impeach George W. Bush on Monday!

This is what he said in the House yesterday afternoon, when nobody was paying attention:

“The President and Vice President lied and 4,000 of our soldiers died. The President and Vice President lied and a million innocent Iraqis died in a war that’ll cost us two trillion dollars while people here in the states are losing their jobs, their health care, their homes, their dignity. Lies are weapons of mass destruction. Lies are also an impeachable offense. Monday, January 28th is the State of the Union. We already know the State of the Union, it’s a lie.”

January 23, 2008, 12:57 pm
Kucinich Starts New Impeachment Drive
By David M. Herszenhorn

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio may get excluded from Democratic presidential debates, as he has been recently, but no one can deny him the floor in the House.

And today Mr. Kucinich took to the floor to fire off his latest salvo at the Bush administration: his plans to introduce Articles of Impeachment against President Bush on Jan. 28 — the day of Mr. Bush’s State of the Union speech.

Accusing the administration of lying about the need for the war in Iraq, Mr. Kucinich said he did not need to hear the president’sassessment. “We know the State of the Union,” he declared. “It’s a lie.”
He also fired a volley at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Californiawho has maintained that impeaching Mr. Bush is not on the table for Congressional Democrats. “If impeachment is off the table,” Mr. Kucinich said, “truth is off the table. If truth is off the table then this body is living a lie.”

Mr. Kucinich introduced Articles of Impeachment against VicePresident Dick Cheney last April and in November, with the surprise help of Republicans seeking to embarrass the Democrats, he nearly succeeded in securing an hour of debate on the House floor. House Democratic leaders blocked that, however, by referring the impeachment effort back to the Judiciary Committee.

Anti-Bush groups have been urging Mr. Kucinich to undertake aneffort to impeach the president.

Impeach Bush And Cheney Now!By Ed, Dickau(Ed, Dickau) “It’s The Judiciary Committee Stupid!” Campaign Lead Link http://courtofimpeachmentandwarcrimes.blogspot.com/2007/12/impeach-bush-and-cheney-calling-all.html. Work With Wexler. http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com ...Court Of Impeachment And War Crimes - http://courtofimpeachmentandwarcrimes.blogspot.com/

http://speaker.house.gov/blog/?p=442

Hearings Announced: “The Constitution in Crisis”
May 31st, 2007 by Jesse Lee
From Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler:

Chairman Nadler Announces Hearings Series: “The Constitution in Crisis: The State of Civil Liberties in America”

Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee to Explore Administration Programs Threatening Americans’ Liberties;

Kicks Off with June 7 Hearing on NSA Wiretapping Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, announced a series of hearings titled “The Constitution in Crisis: The State of Civil Liberties in America.” In these hearings, the Subcommittee will examine the Bush Administration’s policies, actions and programs that threaten Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights and civil liberties and also hear proposals for potential legislative fixes.

The series will begin with a hearing on June 7, 2007, which will examine the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and the Administration’s proposals for expanding it.

“This Congress must void the blank check the White House has enjoyed for the last six years,” said Rep. Nadler. “The time for real accountability and meaningful oversight is now, and this Subcommittee will fulfill its constitutional duty to protect the fundamental freedoms of all Americans.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Judiciary Committee Member, Blocking ImpeachmentBy Christopher Wexler proposed opening impeachment hearings on Cheney. Conyers committee staffer Perry Appelbaum laid out instead a schedule for non-impeachment hearings over the coming 11 months. Conyers’ notion is to hold non-impeachment hearings on ...
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Two Ways To Look At the Kucinich Impeachment ResolutionBy jclifford There are two ways to look at the announcement by Dennis Kucinich yesterday that he will bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday against George W. Bush. Although they might seem to be in ...Irregular Times: News Unfit for Print - http://irregulartimes.com

Marjorie Cohn: Cheney Impeachment Gains Traction in House ...By Marjorie Cohn(webmaster@huffingtonpost.com)
Nine out of 23 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee favor starting impeachment hearings against Vice-President Dick Cheney. Six of the nine are co-sponsors of HR 799, which contains three articles of impeachment. ...
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The term "MSM" or "mainstream media" has been widely used in the blogosphere in discussion of the mass media and media bias. ...

It is true, the absence of character in our people for the last six years has been profoundly sad, their indifference toward the most important concerns of our nation has been truly crushing, their cowardice has sometimes cried out to the high Heaven. But it must not be forgotten that we are nevertheless dealing with a people which a few years previous offered the world the most admirable example of the highest human virtues. - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf – 1926

“Inquiring minds want to know!” is the way one questionable tabloid justifies its encroachment into the personal foibles of the rich and famous; but there is also an adage that offers, “Ignorance is bliss.”

To be sure, inquiry is indeed a more aggressive outcropping of human curiosity. And both aforementioned attributes of those prone to inquiry can and do sometimes result in disquieting realizations. The honesty, depth and moral relevance of inquiry defines the true nature of the intellectual level of the inquisitor.

Sadly, more often than not, I encounter individuals who immediately recognize the disquieting nature of a perceived response when considering a poignant question, and they immediately withdraw from the conversation in obvious hopes of dodging and avoiding both the answer and its relevancy to the truth. The truth can be ugly, and it can be painful; and worse, it can serve to absolutely and totally destroy comfort zone myths that actually serve to protect one’s peace of mind. It is this that satisfies the postulate, “Ignorance is bliss!”

Wishing to avoid either bad news or the ugly truth is therefore very understandable; yet, when considering important and very relevant questions, doing so is tantamount to the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand – it exposes and makes vulnerable the derrière!

But there is yet another odd dimension to learning the painful truth. If one can deal with the disquieting inquiry, and can brace for the initial revelation of ugly truth, the answer can be so painful that upon its cursory recognition, all follow-up inquiry is usually immediately terminated. Once the ugly truth has been revealed and known, we wish to quickly escape the hostile environment of truth thereby immediately ending the discovery of any further ugly matters of such a disturbing nature.

Immediately short-circuiting further inquiry is often called “damage control,” especially when applied to deceitful, lying cabals and groups that wish to fool and hoodwink the public. They seek to limit that which has already been exposed thereby protecting themselves from further reproach for their total wrongdoing; but sadly, as Hitler points out, the primary invoker of damage control is US as individuals. When ugly truths are exposed, we wish to run for cover, to escape, or to just stay in bed to avoid the harshness of the real world outside. It is similar to wanting to stay in bed on a cold, wet Monday morning rather than face the elements and the early morning commute.

Consider the upcoming 2008 presidential elections. Only three candidates are qualified considering the most important qualification for that so feverishly “sought-after” office; and that basic qualification is MORALITY. None of the MSM’s chosen “primary” contenders have it. That most important quality is totally missing in all save Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel. And the latter two Democrats, as can be expected, have been shunned and rejected by their own despicable, immoral party of liars and Cheney-Bush regime enablers. And Paul is hated and despised by both the treasonous GOP and the traitors in the MSM. The Democratic Party has flipped off the voters that gave them a huge mandate to end the slaughter of civilians in Iraq and who also wanted Cheney-Bush impeached for lying to the American people and for violating human decency as evidenced by their egregious and continuing war crimes.

The Bush “presidency” will indeed go down as the worst administration in the history of this nation, protected by a double-crossing, double-dealing Democratic Party and foisted upon US by a treasonous and despicable Republican Party of fascists. How can we indeed explain our nation’s rapid demise over the last few years if not by pointing out the total lack of morality on the part of the current and former occupants of our abominable White House? Curiously, Hitler, a much maligned and universally hated dictator and mass murderer, offers in the quote cited an absolutely magnificent and moral position that would make the worse-than-useless speechmakers and MSM-chosen presidential wannabes gather legions of new election-winning supporters! But morality is completely foreign to their nature considering the time they have spent in our nation’s rats’ nest of political corruption.

By now, most Americans have already faced the horrific and painful truth concerning 9/11. Such attacks were not only totally impossible without our government’s direct participation, but making them increasingly obvious as such is the afterwards behavior of the Cheney-Bush regime AND Congress. How quickly the USA PATRIOT Act was deployed. How convenient for the regime was the Military Commissions Act? And now yet another act by Congress to silence any and all dissent by criminalizing inquiry!

There will be no impeachment! There will be no further inquiry to the deadly government fraud of 9/11. There will be no trial for the AIPAC spymasters since the accused conspirators have threatened to legally drag into the trial the names of high-ranking officials in the Cheney-Bush regime as well as members of Congress!

But the Internet has shed much light on the DC rats’ nest. The MSM and our crooked, corrupt politicians have spiked the DC Madam story; they’ve spiked the White House pedophile report; they have spiked the Sibel Edmonds report in the London Sunday Times that aired the disturbing news that high officials in BOTH the State Department AND the Pentagon sold nuclear secrets to foreign brokers and nations that could someday be our very enemies. When will these important reports be aired by The Establishment’s corporate mainstream mass media? As I had once offered long ago, the MSM is public enemy No. 1!

But not anymore – now we’ve got Cheney-Bush and a collection as well of yet another crop of low class wannabes of the worst kind armed now with fascist “legislation” provided by the DC rats’ nest! We have a “choice” of yet more low class dirtbags ready to again fool and mass murder Americans via a government of, by and for the evil and corrupt!

Bush, Facts, Lies, Impeachment and CongressThe Center for Public Integrity, a private, non-profit organization, has identified 954 ‘false statements’ that the Bush Administration made during its desperate and successful efforts to start a war with Iraq. Mr. Bush himself led the ...

Virginia's House Representatives Need to get off the FenceBy Star Womanspirit(Mosquito) Ask them to take a stand---Do they support impeachment, or would they rather defend the position that there is no reason to start impeachment hearings against Bush and Cheney? The Democrats have been whining about how that mean ole ...Mosquito Blog - http://mosquito-blog.blogspot.com/

The Economy and ImpeachmentBy Dennis Loo(Dennis Loo) Impeach Dick Cheney By Bob Fertik http://www.democrats.com/want-to-prevent-a-depression-impeach-dick-cheney As we all know, Nancy Pelosi's "Capitulation Congress" will do absolutely everything it can to avoid a battle with Bush over his ...Dennis Loo - http://dennisloo.blogspot.com/

What more do Americans need to demand impeachment?By Pip(Pip) Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following ...Wilson's Blogmanac - http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Bush administration's claims that executive power alone allows it to engage in warrantless domestic surveillance that public officials and legal experts across the political spectrum have said violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the U.S. Constitution, only one question on the issue has been asked of any presidential candidate of either party during the numerous debates over the past year.

The New York Times first reported on December 16, 2005, that President Bush had issued a secret presidential order shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on international phone calls and email communications that originate from or are received within the United States and to do so without the court approval normally required under FISA.

In August 2007, after months of heated debate over civil liberties and the administration's claim of executive power, Congress passed the Protect America Act, which, as The Washington Post reported, gave "U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order." The New York Times further reported that the act "broadly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants," "as long as the target of the government's surveillance is 'reasonably believed' to be overseas." According to the Times, the law "gives the attorney general and the director of national intelligence the power to approve the international surveillance, rather than the special intelligence court." The bill contains a 180-day "sunset provision" and will expire February 1. Congress resumed debate on the issue on January 24.

One of the issues surrounding the debate over Bush's warrantless surveillance concerns the telecommunication firms that assisted the NSA program. On May 11, 2006, USA Today reported that the NSA "has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth." Following additional reporting on the issue, several organizations filed lawsuits against the telecommunications companies alleging violations of the U.S. Constitution, FISA, and other state and federal laws. In a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, the Electronic Frontier Foundation alleged that the company is "collaborating with the NSA in a massive warrantless surveillance program that illegally tracks the domestic and foreign communications and communication records of millions of Americans." On October 22, 2007, Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell stated in an interview with the El Paso Times that "under the president's program, the terrorist surveillance program, the private sector had assisted us. Because if you're going to get access you've got to have a partner."

In the wake of litigation against several telecommunication companies over their alleged cooperation with the NSA program, a debate emerged on Capitol Hill over whether to provide these companies with retroactive immunity. The Protect America Act did not include a provision granting the telecommunication companies legal immunity for their compliance with the program, and the debate continues over whether Congress should provide for such a provision when it considers the act's renewal.

However, in the numerous presidential debates conducted over the past year, not one question has been asked of any of the Democratic candidates regarding wiretapping, FISA, or immunity for telecommunications companies, and only one has been asked of a Republican candidate. At least 10 of the candidates who have participated in presidential debates in the past year have been in Congress as it has considered legislation concerning FISA, wiretapping, and the immunity issue.

As Media Matters for America Executive Vice President Jamison Foser documented on November 16, 2007, the debates held prior to November 15 featured "[o]nly one question about wiretapping" and "[n]ot a single question about FISA." The sole question on the issue of wiretapping occurred during the September 5, 2007, Fox News-sponsored Republican debate and did not relate to retroactive immunity. During the debate, Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler asked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about eavesdropping on mosques "even without a judge's approval."

The January 21 Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The January 15 Democratic debate in Las Vegas
The January 10 Republican debate in Myrtle Beach
The January 6 Republican forum in Manchester, New Hampshire
The January 5 Republican debate in Manchester
The January 5 Democratic debate in Manchester
The December 13 Democratic debate in Johnston, Iowa
The December 12 Republican debate in Johnston
The December 9 Republican debate in Coral Gables, Florida
The December 4 Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa
The December 1 Democratic forum in Des Moines (Brown & Black Forum)
The December 1 Democratic forum in Des Moines (Heartland Presidential Forum)
The November 28, 2007, Republican debate in St. Petersburg, Florida

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