Tell Your Senators: No Retroactive Amnesty, Support the Dodd-Feingold Amendment

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Feb. 3, 2008

Late last week, Senate leaders agreed to consider a series of amendments that could improve the bad warrantless wiretapping bill reported from the Senate Intelligence Committee. While there will be a number of provisions designed to limit warrantless wiretapping and protect our civil liberties, the most important vote will be on the amendment offered by Senators Dodd and Feingold to strip retroactive immunity for telecom companies from the bill.

George Bush and Dick Cheney are pushing hard to give their cronies at Verizon and AT&T retroactive immunity. This would stop us from finding out what the Bush administration asked these companies to do and who asked them to act outside of the law.

It would also prevent the big telecoms from ever being held accountable in a court of law for violating the privacy and rights of millions of Americans.

Our country is at its strongest when we are governed by the rule of law, not the rule of rightwing ideologues and authoritarian presidents in bed with our largest corporations. Stripping retroactive immunity from the current bill would ensure that the Senate preserves the rule of law in America.

The good news is that the Dodd-Feingold amendment just needs a simple majority to pass. We’ve fought hard to get to this point. Now we need 51 votes. Please take action at right — and then get some friends involved too.

(Keith Olbermann of MSNBC came out last week with a great commentary on just how hypocritical President Bush’s position is on this issue; click here to view it.)

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Keith Olbermann Special Comment: FISA (video)

Harry Reid: FISA Deal With Dodd, Feingold in the Works (video)

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