There is a way to undercut the warrantless wiretapping:
By hitting the offending companies in the pocketbook, where it counts most!
Sign up for either Working Assets (now renamed Credo, a long distance and wireless phone company) or Qwest (phone and internet provider in many states of the country), both of whom have pledged in writing not to wiretap without court warrant, and you will be supporting the right causes while undermining the wrong ones.
Also, the Electronic Frontier Foundation www.eff.org specializes in defending civil liberties where technology interferes. They offer programs to encrypt emails so nobody else can read them, plus other privacy-increasing tools. Like the ACLU, they also have attorneys who provide legal defense to those technologically affected in the civil liberties/privacy area. Check them out!
It's terribly important to sign up and spread word for much more than privacy's sake alone:
A) Anything "warrantless" implies that the power of the judiciary, as fundamental arm of the government whose function is to check/balance the government's activities, is being undermined. It's important that We, the People do everything in our power to preserve that fundamental arm of government: Thanks to these wonderful carriers above, and to EFF, for providing us with the solution!
B) I served on the Board of a local ACLU Chapter and know the statistics very well: It is NOT terrorists who are being wiretapped. That's pure nonsense. It's ordinary people like you and me, most of them activists. For further info, log on to the ACLU's website at www.aclu.org and you will see. See also my article titled "Oh Say does that Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave O'er the Land of the Free???" here on OpEdNews http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_kathryn__071119_oh_say_does_that_sta.htm
and follow the links I have provided (many of them, to stress the reality of my point): You will see for yourself who is being affected, and how.
C) It's deeply important to the people and the survival of democracy itself that we stress the solutions and the hope. PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO OTHER CONCERNED FRIENDS! You could forward this info about the carriers above as email and then ask your friends, in turn, to pass it on. And write letters to the editor, post to blogs, etc....
D) Working Assets (now recently renamed Credo) also sends out monthly action alerts. They contribute 1% of their proceeds (at no cost to customers) to promoting progressive causes, including tree planting in the Amazon rainforest, supporting organizations such as the ACLU and many others, etc....and have contributed an excess of $50 million to these causes over the past thirty years. What a wonderful group to support! I just love them.
Also, when switching over to their service, it not only costs you zilch but further, they will even buy out any existing phone contract you might have with your current carrier, pay any of their switchover fees, etc so it's guaranteed that you will pay nada! Their rates are very good too. Check them out! (I don't know how Qwest works so sorry, I can't comment).
E) No, I am not affiliated with Qwest or Credo, or with EFF, and know nobody affiliated with them either. I am just seeking to spread word. Please do the same! And thank you!