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Dodd to block retroactive immunity for telcos


10.18.07 -- 2:27PM // link
Dodd to Block Telecom Immunity

In an exclusive, TPM Election Central reports that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) will put a hold on the new FISA legislation if it includes retroactive immunity for telecoms.

--David Kurtz

Now, where do I send the check?









Notice the strategic value of having news sources, like TPM, that we can trust.

UPDATE Glenn has an excellent interview with Dodd, go read. I'm going to quote Glenn's conclusion re: Mukasey because it shows what the stakes are so well:

The very idea that [Mukasey,] a nominee for U.S. Attorney General is explicitly open to the possibility that the President can indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens on U.S. soil with no charges is unfathomable. That is the most extreme, un-American and tyrannical power that exists. And yet, not only does his answer trigger virtually no mention by our [sic] media, it is almost certain that Mukasey will be confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate without a ripple. That is why there is no higher priority than forcing attention on these issues and supporting and rewarding those rare instances of meaningful action -- such as Dodd's today -- in defense of the rule of law and our basic constitutional liberties.

Bingo. Wouldn't it have been great if all the Democratic presidential candidates, and all the Democratic Senators, had done the simple, obvious, right thing, and stood up for Constitutional government? Isn't it pretty to think so....

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Submitted by FeralLiberal on

Much credit to Dodd for showing some.

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Submitted by Sarah on

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by leah on

Now, we gotta start thinking, what next.

How long can the hold hold out.

The House bill, which was a compromise but one I think most of us could live with, is also on hold because of Republicans.

The sunset provision shuts down the temporary bill when? Not till next year, right?

On our end, the blogtopia, let's say, (thank-you skippy), we need to be making the kind of noise and disruption that keeps the SCLM from being able to use the Republican frame of this being about Dems weak on terrorism - by showing that big majorities of Americans don't feel that a government with unfettered powers to spy on whomever they want is going to keep them safe from terrorists.

More later, my electric power is about to be pulled.

Submitted by lambert on

Feral: Backbone....

Leah: Power about to be pulled....

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by Woody--Tokin Librul on

any legislation not acted upon in the session in which it is introduced dies at the end of any session,as i recall from civics, 100 years ago...

but i dunno fer sher...mebbe they moved it?

Me? A Quick Study, But A Slow Learner

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At last. One person with a set of gonads. I wish we could put some on Pelosi

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

'Nuff said. I wish I lived in a primary state. I would join up in a heartbeat.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

Submitted by lambert on

On the Harry Reid post?

Or am I missing something?

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by MJS on

I wrote that the spine image reminded me of another image, but this reminder was by way of contrast: Dodd=Spine, Congress=Gentlemen's Agreement For Business As Usual. And of course something about ass cancer.

Do not mistake a finger pointing to the moon for the moon itself


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The telcos are in collusion with the Bush administration to walk all over the constitution. It is really sad.

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I would really LOVE to see the telcos prosecuted for allowing the NSA to have their customer call records, but not sure it will ever happen. What I envison happening is the whole thing just quietly going away, unfortunately. What SHOULD happen however, is AT LEAST a showdown should take place with the decider. Let the decider announce loud and clear that he is overuling the constitution and making it 100% obvious that the Constitution is no longer the law of the land. This is what the decider hopes to AVOID, but let's at least hold his feet to the fire and make it obvious he is crapping on the Constitution.