Senator Chris Dodd is unhappy with the rewrite of the FISA bill, so he’s put a legislative hold on it. The news release from his presidential campaign leaves us confused, though. If the bill is so bad, and you’re in the majority, why not just kill the legislation?
The Military Commissions Act. Warrantless wiretapping. Shredding of Habeas Corpus. Torture. Extraordinary Rendition. Secret Prisons.
I have decided to place a “hold” on the latest FISA bill that would have included amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President’s assault on the Constitution by illegally providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.
I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have.
And, at least judging by the space devoted to topics, the immunity for telephone companies was the greatest offense?
It is a matter of basic fairness that providers who are alleged to have provided assistance to the Government in the wake of these terrorist attacks should not face liability claims. It also is critical to our national security that such companies be protected from litigation, since companies that face lawsuits for allegedly assisting the Government may be unwilling to provide assistance if and when it is needed to prevent future terrorist attacks.
A poster at the Daily Kos attempts to explain the reason for the hold. Seems convoluted, but thanks for the link.
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