The Military Commissions Act. Warrantless wiretapping. Shredding of Habeas Corpus. Torture. Extraordinary Rendition. Secret Prisons.
I have decided to place a “hold” on the latest FISA bill that would have included amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President’s assault on the Constitution by illegaly providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.
I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have.
It’s about delivering results — and as I’ve said before, the FIRST thing I will do after being sworn into office is restore the Constitution. But we shouldn’t have to wait until then to prevent the further erosion of our country’s most treasured document. That’s why I am stopping this bill today.
If you’re not liking any of the presidential candidates, I suggest taking a look at Chris Dodd. He’s kind of ballin’ right now. He has the best energy plan, and he’s been fighting to keep the Constitution above water.
To get anyone up to speed, Bush wants to give retroactive immunity to all Telecommunication companies that willfully helped him spy on Americans without a warrant. This immunity would stop all future, and present, law suites against the teleco’s for illegally wiretapping.
“But Ian, the Democrats are in control of Congress, so they get to make the bills and they surly wouldn’t add such a crazy amendment into the FISA bill.” Wrong. The Washington Post reports this morning that the senior Senate Democrats folded again.
Thankfully, we have one Senator that announced that he will block any bill that has teleco immunity.
If you’d like to do something helpful for the constitution today, go add your support here