Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are about to grant retroactive immunity to telecom companies which cooperated in illegal wiretapping schemes. Do you think that’s a good idea? Check to see whether any of these key Senators represent your state. If they do, pick up the phone and let them know about it. Be polite but firm.
Bob Casey isn’t on the list but his office already heard earful from me.
Grr. Try it now.
I thought they voted this down in committee earlier in the week? Or was that the House?
God, they are just as bad as the GOP ever was on this issue…
I’m confused, Raw Story had a piece yesterday saying the Dems weren’t going to budge on this.
According to ArsTechnica.com it went out of committee without the immunity. Does anyone have status?
Third Eye Open
Just got off the phone with Nelson’s office, and he is “very concerned with civil liberties that Americans care about”…the guy on the phone was baffled when I told him the call was about the retroactive alleviation of responsibilities for the Telecoms…I somehow don’t think they are getting much pressure on this. But I could be wrong
Would that be Ben Nelson or Bill?
HTTP 400. I suspect John Cole has given you iCooties.
Bill Nelson (M-Dreamsville) [/geek]
In related news:
Qwest Was Targeted
It’s so heartwarming to see our government protecting our rights.
I’ve ragged on Qwest for years for their shenanigans with pricing and service. But they’ve more than made up for it with their stand against Bush’s police state.
While AT&T, whose service/pricing I’m fairly satisfied with, can’t bend over fast enough.
This is one place where I agree with you guys. The fourth amendment is not negotiable.
Off topic, but relevant remind your Senators to challenge the FCC the minute they try to relax anymore ownership rules. Seems they are heading that way again…
Welcome to the party, Peter :)
J. Michael Neal
My feelings on immunity for the telecoms depend entirely upon what strings are attached to it. They undoubtedly know the scoop on what the program is, and if they fess up enough, I’m willing to let them off. I can’t stand the telcos, but they aren’t the main villain of this piece.