Feingold and Dodd Say They Will Filibuster If Immunity Stays in FISA Bill

Thank you, Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd, for showing some integrity and guts (emphasis in original):

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week will consider the compromise legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA):

This is a deeply flawed bill, which does nothing more than offer retroactive immunity by another name. We strongly urge our colleagues to reject this so-called ‘compromise’ legislation and oppose any efforts to consider this bill in its current form. We will oppose efforts to end debate on this bill as long as it provides retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that may have participated in the President’s warrantless wiretapping program, and as long as it fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans.“If the Senate does proceed to this legislation, our immediate response will be to offer an amendment that strips the retroactive immunity provision out of the bill. We hope our colleagues will join us in supporting Americans’ civil liberties by opposing retroactive immunity and rejecting this so-called ‘compromise’ legislation.

I was going to thank Harry Reid, too, for co-sponsoring that amendment and stating that he will support a filibuster, but apparently his moment of political courage was just that — momentary and fleeting:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced moments ago on the Senate floor that he would vote against FISA, but that he has an obligation to move legislation that the majority wants:

I don’t particularly like FISA, and I’m going to vote against FISA. But, I have an obligation here as the Majority Leader to move legislation that the majority of the body wants to go forward.

How about exercising some leadership, Sen. Reid, by going to bat for tripartite government and the principle that no one is above the law? If you actually tried to persuade your colleagues instead of meekly accepting that they have made their decisions and there is nothing you can do about it, you might find that conscience is not dead in the Senate, just fast asleep.

One Response to “Feingold and Dodd Say They Will Filibuster If Immunity Stays in FISA Bill”

  1. xoites says:

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