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Support the Free Speech Protection Act - Urgent!
We need your help to pass this very important bill. You helped us pass it in New York; now we want it passed nationwide. If free speech is important to you, if you believe that people like me, Rachel Ehrenfeld, Sean Hannity, Steve Emerson, Bob Spencer and others who write and expose vital information about the threat of Islamofacism to our liberty and freedoms should be protected to continue sounding the alarm, PLEASE copy and paste the letter below and send it to Members and staff on the Judiciary Committees in the House and Senate (listed below). Identify yourself as an ACT! for America member, a patriotic voter, and that you strongly request that they support the passage of the Free Speech Protection Act.
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The Free Speech Protection Act of 2008 ( S-2977 & H.R. 5814), was introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete King (R., N.Y.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), and a Senate companion bill by Senator Arlen Specter (R., PA) and Joseph Lieberman (I- CT), and co-sponsored by NY senior Senator Chuck Schumer. With Schumer on board, and others joining, the Free Speech Protection Act can be adopted before Congress adjourns this summer.
It’s important to take immediate measures to defend our ability to inform the public and protect our free speech rights - now under attack by Saudis using the British legal system. I can’t think of a more important and urgent law Congress and you can be proud of than the Free Speech Protection Act.
This legislation builds on New York State's "Libel Terrorism Protection Act," aka "Rachel's Law.” The NY law, and the proposed federal legislation, grew from the court battles of New York journalist and terrorism investigator, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, whom a Saudi billionaire sued in Great Britain for Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed - And How to Stop It—although she is American and her book sold here, not in the U.K. But plaintiff-friendly British libel laws have made London a Mecca for libel tourists wishing to intimidate authors worldwide.
The suit against Dr. Ehrenfeld–like 40 previous cases that silenced many other American and New York authors–is an obvious attempt to dilute First Amendment protections of free press, and prevent investigations of terror-financing.
The British Guardian wrote on July 15, “English libel law is an international menace, a national disgrace, a pre-democratic anachronism. It defends crooks, terrorists and tyrants from investigation. It threatens the free speech of people all over the world and causes untold damage to the reputation of this country.”
In a tremendous victory for free speech rights and to provide legal protections from "libel terrorism" to New York authors and publishers, the Libel Terrorism Protection Act, aka "Rachel's Law," was adopted unanimously—in less than 3 months(!) by the NY legislature and signed into law by Gov. David Patterson on April 30, 2008.
Pat Schroder, President of the Association of American publishers stated: “We’ve supported Rachel Ehrenfeld in her court battles....Now we’d like to see the fight taken to another level with enactment of federal legislation.”
Senators Specter and Lieberman note that the English Libel Laws threaten the "free-flowing marketplace of ideas" which "enables the ideals of democracy to defeat the totalitarian vision of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations." Free speech in the U.S. “is under sharp attack through foreign courts, where dozens of mendacious libel suits have intimidated and silenced American authors and U.S. publishers.”
“The new legislation would not shield those who recklessly or maliciously print false information. It would ensure that Americans are held to and protected by American standards,“ wrote Senators Specter and Lieberman. The new Free Speech Act bars U.S. courts from enforcing libel judgments issued in foreign courts against U.S. residents, if the speech would not be libelous under American law. The bill also permits American authors and publishers to countersue if the material is protected by the First Amendment. If a jury finds that the foreign suit is part of a scheme to suppress free speech rights, it may award damages.
PLEASE, Help vote the Free Speech Act into Law. American Writers need it to be able to unearth the truth, and publish it without any censorship by foreign courts.
Below is contact information for the Senatorial Judiciary Committee, the Congressional Judiciary Committee, and Staff.
General Judiciary Committee - http://judiciary.house.gov/about/contact.html
Staff Majority Communications Director Jonathan Godfrey - (202) 225-3951
Majority Press Secretary/Spokesperson Melanie Roussell - (202) 225-3951
Majority Staff Director/Chief Counsel Perry Apelbaum - (202) 225-3951
Minority Chief of Staff/General Counselor - (202) 226-0002
Minority Communications Director Kim Smith - (202) 225-6906
Senators on Committee
NY Charles Schumer - http://schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm
Press Secretary Brian Fallon - (202) 224-7433
VT Patrick J. Leahy - http://leahy.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Press Secretary Erica Chabot - (202) 224-2154
MA Edward Kennedy - http://kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm
Press Secretary Melissa Wagoner - (202) 224-2633
DE Joseph Biden - http://biden.senate.gov/services/contact/
Press Secretary Elizabeth Alexander - (202) 224-2154
WI Herbert Kohl - http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html
Press Secretary Lynn Becker - (202) 224-2240
WI Russ Feingold - http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html
Press Secretary Zach Lowe - (202) 224-8657
CA Dianne Feinstein - http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe
Press Secretary Scott Gerber - (202) 224-8657
IL Richard Durbin - http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm#contact
Press Secretary Joe Shoemaker - (202) 224-7028
MD Benjamin Cardin - http://cardin.senate.gov/contact/
Press Secretary Sue Walitsky - (202) 224-7433
RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse - http://whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/
Press Secretary Alex Swartsel - (202) 224-7433
PA Arlen Specter - http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Press Secretary Chris Gindlesperger - (202) 224-5225
UT Orrin Hatch - http://hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Contact
IA Charles Grassley - http://grassley.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Press Secretary Mark Eddington (202) 224-5251
Press Secretary Beth Levine - (202) 224-6197
AZ Jon Kyl - http://kyl.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm
Press Secretary Andrew Wilder - (202) 224-4521
AL Jeff Sessions - http://sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.ContactMe
Press Secretary Michael Brumas - (202) 224-4124
SC Lindsey Graham - http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorGraham
Press Secretary Wes Hickman - (202) 224-5972
TX John Cornyn - http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Press Secretary Brian Walsh - (202) 224-2934
KS Sam Brownback - http://brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
Press Secretary John Rankin - (202) 224-6521
OK Tom Coburn - http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.Home
Press Secretary John Hart - (202) 224-5754
NY-9th Anthony Weiner - http://weiner.house.gov/email_anthony.aspx
NY-8th Jerrold Nadler – Tel: 202-225-5635
CA-24th Elton Gallegly - https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
CA-3rd Dan Lungren - https://forms.house.gov/lungren/forms/email.shtml
CA-29th Adam Schiff - http://schiff.house.gov/HoR/CA29/Contact+Information/Contact+Form.htm
CA-28th Howard Berman - http://www.house.gov/berman/contact/index.shtml
CA-16th Zoe Lofgren - http://lofgren.house.gov/emailform.shtml
CA-35th Maxine Waters - http://www.house.gov/waters/IMA/issue.htm
CA-39th Linda Sanchez - http://www.lorettasanchez.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=218&Itemid=17
CA-27th Brad Sherman - http://www.house.gov/sherman/contact/
CA-49th Darrell Issa - http://issa.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
MI 14th John Conyers (Chair) - http://capwiz.com/aipac/webreturn/?url=http://www.house.gov/conyers
VA-9th Rick Boucher - http://www.boucher.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=645&Itemid
VA-3rd Bobby Scott – https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
VA-6th Bob Goodlatte - http://www.house.gov/goodlatte/emailbob.htm
VA-4th Randy Forbes - http://forbes.house.gov/zipauth.html
NC-12th Rep. Melvin Watt - http://www.house.gov/formwatt/IMA/issue_subscribe.htm
MA-10th William Delahunt -
FL-8th Ric Keller - https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
FL-24th Tom Feeney -
FL-20th Debbie Wasserman Schultz - http://wassermanschultz.house.gov/zipauth.htm
FL-19th Robert Wexler - http://wexler.house.gov/email.shtml
TN-9th Stephen Cohen - http://cohen.house.gov/index.php?option=com_email_form&Itemid=111
GA-4th Hank Johnson - http://hankjohnson.house.gov/contact_hank_write.shtml
OH-13th Betty Sutton - http://sutton.house.gov/about/emailform.cfm
IL-4th Luis Gutierrez - http://luisgutierrez.house.gov/singlepage.aspx?newsid=1262
WI-2nd Tammy Baldwin - http://tammybaldwin.house.gov/get_address.html
AL-7th Artur Davis - http://www.house.gov/arturdavis/zipauth.shtml
MN-5th Keith Ellison - http://ellison.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87
TX-21st Lamar S. Smith (Ranking Member) - http://lamarsmith.house.gov/contact.aspx?section=Mail
TX-18th Sheila Jackson Lee - https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
TX-1st Louie Gohmert - http://gohmert.house.gov/contact_louie.htm
WI-5th F. James Sensenbrenner - http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/email_zip.htm
NC-6th Howard Coble -
UT-3rd Chris Cannon -
IN-6th Mike Pence - https://forms.house.gov/pence/IMA/contact_form.htm
IA-5th Steve King –
AZ-2nd Trent Franks - https://forms.house.gov/franks/email_zipcheck.shtml
OH-4th Jim Jordan - http://jordan.house.gov/contactform_zipcheck.shtml
OH-1st Steve Chabot - http://www.house.gov/chabot/zipauth.shtml
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