Telecom Immunity

The U.S. House of Representatives recently caved and granted the telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for their participation in the illegal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) wiretapping program enacted by the Bush Administration to spy on its own citizens. Tomorrow the Senate votes on the Bill and it must not be allowed to become Law. Doing so would violate the oath of office that each Congressperson takes and would desecrate some of the bedrock principles that our Nation was founded upon.

Directly after the House vote, Senator Obama made a statement where he indicated that he reluctantly supports the Bill. I was very disappointed in the Senator for wavering on his previous commitment to filibuster any such Bill should one reach the Senate floor. He has since taken a tougher stance on the issue saying, “It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.”

In order to show the American people what he’s truly made of the Senator needs to make good on his promise to do everything in his power to kill this Bill. MoveOn.org encourages everyone who gives a damn about their civil liberties, and our Constitution to call the Obama campaign at (866) 675-2008 to voice their displeasure and urge Senator Obama to filibuster the Bill tomorrow.

Should this Bill be allowed to pass it will essentially give the telecom industry, the Bush Administration, and all future Administrations a free pass on circumventing the Fourth Amendment. This disrespect for our right to privacy should be totally unacceptable to every American regardless of their political affiliation. If this Bill becomes a Law it will set a very dangerous precedent that our Constitution can be circumvented without regard for any consequences and will violate the intent the Founding Fathers had when they formed this Republic in the process.

If you cannot get through to the Obama campaign, I encourage my readers to call their Senators and let them know how you feel. To get their contact information visit the Senate’s homepage.

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~ by Woeful on June 22, 2008.

5 Responses to “Telecom Immunity”

  1. Stumbling this one. Right after I make a phone call.

  2. Hi TWH: That’s great, this is very important for us all…

  3. Repeal FISA is now a day and a half old. We have nine bloggers with at least one more in the works and have been visited by 499 unique viewers. Other sites have placed us on their links and people are posting about us independently.

    Anyone who wants to is welcome to sign up and become a Poster. The purpose of the blog is to organize a drive to repeal the FISA laws and all laws that pardon or give immunity from prosecution anyone who has violated the Constitution during the Bush Administration.

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  4. Very disappointing indeed.

  5. Trust your legislators! (-:

    We enacted something similar a few years back and now we’re fighting the War On Terror by checking up on whether or not somebody’s putting glass bottles in their non-recyclables trash can, or whether or not your child lives in your house and so is eligible to go to the school of your choice.

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