MoveOn is organizing vigils for February 22 to protest Mr. Bush's NSA wiretapping program. Anti-war vigils tend to be fairly well-attended, but holding a vigil against this particular instance of law-breaking seems a little counterintuitive, even when I apprehend the phrase "witness to lawbreaking" (the word "vigil" has its root in the Latin word vigilia, meaning "watchfulness"). But I'd be happy to report that it works. Also, the ACLU presents a petition "demanding the truth" from Tha Bush Mobb, which might be a little difficult given that Tha Bush Mobb seems intent on pretending they don't understand what all the fuss is about -- Mr. Gonzales is only the latest to wonder what all the fuss is about "wiretapping." It's not the wiretapping, stupid -- it's the wiretapping without judicial warrants. Liberals wouldn't be so angry if right-wingers would listen. The ACLU will also follow up on Monday, February 20 with a "town hall meeting" conducted from their website starting at 11 am EST/8 am PST.
Meanwhile, a group called Voices for Creative Nonviolence has, on this very morning at 8 am CST, begun a thirty-day "fast" from electricity at their Chicago homes, called "Lights Out Chicago," in an attempt to shed light on Tha Bush Mobb's failure to reconstruct the electrical infrastructure in Iraq. All that money we're throwing at Halliburton and the folks in Iraq still don't have a power grid that's as reliable as it was before the invasion? How does Tha Bush Mobb sleep at night? Lights Out Chicago participants will also maintain twice-daily vigils during the work week at the Federal Plaza in Chicago (at Dearborn and Adams), then a once-daily vigil on weekends at Water Tower Park (at Michigan and Pearson). I predict this will be quite inspiring. Bet the "liberal media" doesn't cover it, though.