Senator Gordon Smith, the FISA bill, and telecom immunity

topic posted Wed, July 9, 2008 - 12:50 PM by 
Senator Smith just voted "Nay" on *all three* amendments to the new FISA bill (all of which failed) that would allow for at least the *possibility* that the telecoms would be held responsible for their illegal warrantless wiretapping.

The Dodd Amendment:
The Specter Amendment:
The Bingaman Amendment:

This is (yet another) dark day for U.S. Government history, the Fourth Amendment, and the American People, and Senator Smith didn't just allow it to happen; he *made* it happen.

Senator Ron Wyden voted "Yea" on all three amendments. My deepest thanks to him.

The FISA Amendments Act, including telecom immunity, just passed at 69-28:

Just in case anyone was interested.

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