Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chris Dodd - Standing Up For Us

Yesterday, Senator Chris Dodd, who had threatened to filibuster the FISA bill, delivered on that promise as he spent the good part of the day on the floor of the Senate giving speeches about the need to protect our democracy in an effort to defeat the FISA bill. This bill would give immunity to telecons that provided personal information to the government about its customers without a court order. Over 500,000 emails were sent from Americans who agree with Dodd on this issue. As I have said before, giving those companies immunity not only is wrong, but would close off one of the most promising avenues for ever finding out exactly how far our government has gone in spying on us in the name of protecting us.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally withdrew the FISA bill and Senator Dodd deserves a lot of the credit for that - you could say he had a good day. However, the bill will come up again and it needs to be defeated or significantly changed.

Thank you, Chris Dodd, for standing up for us!


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