Here's the letter from Russ with a link to the petition:
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on President Bush's domestic spying program - a government program that illegally wiretaps the phones and emails of American citizens without a warrant. Please sign my petition today to help me hold President Bush accountable for this outrageous power grab.
When Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his nomination hearing last year, I asked him directly about the legality of just such a program. Gonzales dismissed my question as a "hypothetical situation." We now know that not only was such a program already in existence, but as a key advisor to the President, Gonzales had full knowledge of the domestic spying program.
Today, while I'm holding Gonzales accountable for his misleading answers last year, I need you to help me hold President Bush accountable for his actions in authorizing this illegal spying program. A week ago, in his State of the Union address, President Bush made no apologies for this illegal program. We need to show him that the American people will not stand by as he authorizes the government to invade the privacy of law-abiding Americans by bypassing the laws of this country.
Click here to sign my petition to hold President Bush accountable for his actions. Our goal is to collect petitions from ten thousand Americans, letting the President know that they are outraged at his actions and his lack of candor. We can vigorously fight terror without sacrificing our rights and freedoms.
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund
If you care at all about your rights and liberties, I ask you...as a fellow citizen and patriot...to click the link and sign the petition. Our children, grandchildren, and future generations are depending on us.