February 14, 2008

FISA (now with Telecom Immunity) passes the Senate

While everyone is focused on the primaries today, the United States Senate has, as expected, passed the FISA 'reform' bill which gives legal cover to the President's illegal warrantless wiretapping as well protecting telecom companies for their cooperation with the program.

To say I'm profoundly disappointed in both Democrats AND Republicans would be an understatement. You can see them here (the YEA's are the ones who betrayed their Oath of Office... Cornyn and Hutchison are in there, the traitorous cowards that they are). This country is going down a path to imperialism and dictatorship that many democracies have tread. We, the voters, have a chance... and it's simple. EXCHANGE ALL OF THEM. EVERYONE THAT VOTES YEA FOR THIS BILL SHOULD BE DEFEATED IN THEIR NEXT ELECTION, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT ALIKE.

I do not recognize a Democrat who would sell out my rights for 'security' anymore than I would a Republican. These men and women have EARNED the animosity coming to them. Even Sen.'s Webb and McCain, two men whose military service and intelligence should have made them immune to the clamor to abandon the Constitution.

Sen.'s Dodd and Feingold once again stood solid.

“Unfortunately, those who are advocating this notion that you have to give up liberties to be more secure are apparently prevailing,” Mr. Dodd said. “They’re convincing people that we’re at risk either politically, or at risk as a nation.”

The fight now moves to the House of Representatives where it will hopefully be won or at least stalemated.

The House has already rejected the idea of immunity for the phone companies, and Democratic leaders reacted angrily to the Senate vote. But Congressional officials said it appeared that the House would ultimately be forced to accept some sort of legal protection for the phone carriers in negotiations between the two chambers this week.

If your concern was for the companies and those they employ, Congress could easily have established a liability cap. However, they instead decided to cripple the rights of those who sought restitution for the illegal wiretapping. In short, the victim has been victimized once again.

To put this simply, there is NO debate, there is no compromise, there is no bipartisanship when it comes to the Constitution. You either protect and defend it, or you are actively fighting to dismantle it as the legal basis for this country and the document that guarantees our rights.

Posted by mcblogger at February 14, 2008 09:33 AM

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