Senator Dodd: Lead The Resistance To The Dem Senate CaveIn On FISA
by Big Tent Democrat, Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 05:12:27 AM EDT
This post is part of the MYDD candidate series. I am not connected to the Dodd campaign. And to prove it, I am going to urge Senator Dodd to do what he has been doing, leading on the issues now. The issue now is the Dem Senate capitulation on FISA and telco immunity.
Yesterday Senator Chris Dodd said:
While the President may think that it's right to offer immunity to those who break the law and violate the right to privacy of thousands of law-abiding Americans, I want to assure him it is not a value we have in common and I hope the same can be said of my fellow Democrats in the Senate.
"For too long we have failed to respect the rule of law and failed to protect our fundamental civil liberties. I will do what I can to see to it that no telecommunications giant that was complicit in this Administration's assault on the Constitution is given a get-out-of-jail-free card."
Senator Dodd, what you must do is lead the fight against the capitulation by your fellow Dem Senators on this issue:
Senate Democrats and Republicans reached agreement with the Bush administration yesterday on the terms of new legislation to control the federal government's domestic surveillance program, which includes a highly controversial grant of legal immunity to telecommunications companies that have assisted the program, according to congressional sources.
. . . It was a victory for President Bush, whose aides lobbied heavily against the Democrats' [House] bill, and an embarrassment for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had pushed for the measure's passage. The draft Senate bill has the support of the intelligence committee's chairman, John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), and Bush's director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell. It will include full immunity for those companies that can demonstrate to a court that they acted pursuant to a legal directive in helping the government with surveillance in the United States.
Here is another instance of the Congress abdicating its Constitutional duties. Senator Rockefeller and any Democrat (or Republican for that matter) that agrees to this is saying the Congress is irrelevant. The Executive Branch does not need to "demonstrate" anything to the Congress in order to get a blank check from these quislings.
Senator Dodd, do what you must, including a filibuster, to stop this evisceration of the separation of powers, of civil liberties, of honesty, fairness and justice. Implore your Dem colleagues, especially your fellow Presidential candidates in the Senate, to join you in this fight for the very principles that are the foundation of the Constitution and our Nation.