Spying on Americans: Strike Back

Anyone in Congress voting to give telecoms immunity does not deserve to remain in office.  The deal brokered under heavy influence of lobbyist cash from the industry is a deep betrayal of the trust we put in our elected officials to represent us in government.  Slashdot:

Bimo_Dude writes “Today (June 20), Steny Hoyer is bringing to the House floor the latest FISA bill (PDF), which includes retroactive immunity for the telcos. The bill also is very weak on judicial review, allowing the telcos to use a letter from the president as a ‘get out of liability free’ card. Here are comments from the EFF. Glenn Greenwald, writing in Salon, describes the effect of the immunity clause this way: ‘So all the Attorney General has to do is recite those magic words — the President requested this eavesdropping and did it in order to save us from the Terrorists — and the minute he utters those words, the courts are required to dismiss the lawsuits against the telecoms, no matter how illegal their behavior was.'”

In even brokering this deal both parties dropped their primary responsibility to defend the Constitution of the United States and the rights protected by it.

Every single Representative who votes for the revised bill should face an aggressive campaign against them during the next election cycle.

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8 Responses

  1. I have no problem with this bill

  2. Glad to hear it. Here, have this collection of chaff. Yes it is the Constitution, the brown sticky parts, well you don’t want to know, now do you?

  3. Ben K,
    Why not? We are talking about companies that *break the law*, violate our constitutional rights, and open us up to abuse by wayward employees of the company and the government. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, not shielded from responsibility for their criminal actions.

  4. Not only do they not deserve to remain in congress if they vote for immunity, they also don’t deserve to be president of the United States. If Obama votes for telecom immunity his value to the progressive movement and freedom loving Americans becomes nothing more than as a cheerleader for national healthcare, the vague, and apparently empty, promise of change and the captain of the morally bankrupt win at all costs Democrat/Liberal team.
    It feels like we are all just extras in a bizarre mix of “24” Meets “Groundhog Day”.
    These days I walk around with The Who screaming “WE WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN” echoing in my brain.
    But we always do.

  5. I second that, Dan. The obvious tragedy that Ben misses, and many other like-minded people, is their devotion to the belief that leaders are not corrupt or corruptible. Most political leaders are arrogant, egotistical, narcissists who, if left to their own devices, would wreak havoc upon the world by catering only to the needs of their largest contributors. But alas, it already exists and folks like Ben K. are stuck in a state of denial. Snap out of it, Ben.

    From the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution:

    Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  6. For a list of the Democrats who took $$ to change their vote on the bill, go to MAPlight.org. Other Dems also took a lesser sum to continue voting in a way that favored telecom immunity.

  7. Mark,
    Too true, we are often “fooled again”. I imagine on many issues of importance that fall below the media radar, all mainstream candidates (even those that didn’t make the cut) agree on issues like these.

    I do know that Obama’s supporters are fighting the good fight.

    Hugh,
    Right On! This is a rule of prudence best applied to every official, elected or not, supported or opposed.

    Chris,
    Where on the site? I did find some interesting numbers for the net neutrality bill.

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