Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dodd and Feingold to stand in the breach against Telecom Immunity

Once again, it falls to Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd to show feckless Democrats the way.

They will filibuster any immunity provision for lawbreaking telecoms.

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week will consider the compromise legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):

    This is a deeply flawed bill, which does nothing more than offer retroactive immunity by another name. We strongly urge our colleagues to reject this so-called 'compromise' legislation and oppose any efforts to consider this bill in its current form. We will oppose efforts to end debate on this bill as long as it provides retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that may have participated in the President's warrantless wiretapping program, and as long as it fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans.

    "If the Senate does proceed to this legislation, our immediate response will be to offer an amendment that strips the retroactive immunity provision out of the bill. We hope our colleagues will join us in supporting Americans' civil liberties by opposing retroactive immunity and rejecting this so-called 'compromise' legislation.
These men are giants. History will honor them, even as it spits on the cowards and fools among whom they sit.

This, Senator Obama, is what leadership looks like. Take a lesson.

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