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12 May 2005

Here's a bit more techie-optimism for you.

Actually, I think some might call it cyberterrorism. It's a new technology that enables thousands of people to ring the US Senate from their cell phones at the same time.

Forget the steady trickle of email and phone calls. Sometimes you need to act fast. People for the American Way are asking supporters to give them their cell phone numbers... At an important tactical moment, minutes before Senators are to vote, the switchboards will begin to implode with calls. I don't think this has ever been done before.

The campaign is about saving the filibuster, a legal tactic which enables a minority to stall legislation indefinitely. The Right are keen to get rid of it, because it could prevent "their people" from getting seats in federal and supreme courts. That's the short version of the story. Read more.

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