FISA: Dialing For The Rule Of Law
Tomorrow is the vote on the FISA bill. What say we welcome back Senators and their staffs from the 4th of July holiday with a rousing bit of patriotic support for the rule of law?
We are asking Senators to vote IN FAVOR of the Dodd-Feingold-Leahy Amendment (S.A. 5064 to H.R. 6304). We’re asking for a NO vote on cloture, and a NO vote on the final bill as well.
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What I hope gives members of Congress the most pause — other than the audacity to try and argue with a straight face to any of us that allowing the president and his cronies to get away with breaking the law by giving them an immunity pass is the only way to get them to uphold the law (say what?!?) — is that even Peter Beinart says this is a crap maneuver to vote for this FISA bill. (Good lord, I’m agreeing with Peter Beinart for hell’s sakes. Will this madness never end?)
Snuggly the Security Bear thinks not. I’m hoping he’s wrong.
Sen. Russ Feingold has a fact sheet about the current FISA bill that contains useful information on the various problems with the bill — and there are many problems. Looseheadprop and the great folks at EFF walk through Judge Walker’s FISA smackdown decision, as does Glenn. KagroX provides the nightmare scenario, and McJoan administers a well-earned smackdown. Because, as BooMan suggests, there really isn’t any privacy left, anyway. The stupid, it burns.
Jane suggested some great questions for your elected folks — try them out and see if you get real answers!
UPDATE: Sen. Dodd has a post at Huffington Post today regarding FISA as well.
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