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Jan. 24th, 2017

So, Dianne Feinstein was one of 14 Democratic senators who voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. Here is a good summary of why Pompeo is terrible in case you need a refresher.

If you're a constituent of Feinstein's, now would be a good time to get in touch with her and let you know how you feel about this. Also, since Feinstein is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, she will have some oversight over Pompeo's work in the coming years.

Below is the text of my email to Feinstein about this. Yeah, I'm totally buttering her up in my second paragraph, but one thing I know from many years of writing to her is that she's extremely proud of her work on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I'm certainly willing to try a little flattery if it makes her more receptive to the overall message.


Dear Senator Feinstein:
I was disappointed to see that you voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA. I think there are serious concerns about Pompeo's views on torture and on use of surveillance data collected on American citizens. Furthermore, his history of equating Islam with terrorism and holding ordinary American Muslims to be complicit in terrorism poses a threat to the civil rights and liberties of American Muslims.

However, I know that despite our disagreement on this issue, your work on the Senate Intelligence Committee shows that you are committed to protecting the safety and security of the American people and upholding civil rights and liberties. I would like to ask you to use your influence and position on the Senate Intelligence committee to do the following over the coming years:
* Ensure that Pompeo does not amend CIA rules to allow the use of torture in investigations.

* Ensure that in our zeal to fight terrorism, we do not trample on the rights and freedoms of ordinary American citizens.

* Ensure that the CIA use of surveillance is appropriate and within the law.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.