The passage of the Senate version of the FISA bill today – a bill which includes, amazingly, retroactive immunity from civil damages for repeated felonious violations of the Constitution – is a low point for the “Democratic” Senate of the 110th Congress.
And it leaves me wondering, just like the passage of the odious bankruptcy bill before it: Exactly WHICH constituency of those senators who voted in favor of it was clamoring for its passage?
Which voters flooded those senators’ offices with faxes, letters, phone call and e-mails, all pleading for those senators to please let the poor phone companies off the hook for their wanton and repeated felonies?
Which voters demonstrated in front of the Capitol, demanding that the laws of the land be ignored for the benefit of some of the largest corporations in the country?
Which voters wrote passionately on countless blogs across the country, decrying the devastating effect upholding the law would have on the security of the United States?
Oh, that’s right: NO VOTERS DID THAT.
NO VOTERS DID THAT.
And why did no voters make those pleas? Simple: Because NO VOTERS BENEFITED from those provisions of the odious FISA bill – no voters, that is, except the shareholders and corporate executives of the telecom companies who were facing huge lawsuits for their lawbreaking.
It is beyond my comprehension how any senators who voted today in favor of the telco immunity provisions of the FISA can dare to claim that they represent the interests of their constituents. The only interests served by the passage of a bill granting immunity from civil damages for felonious violations of citizens’ privacy are those of the corporations, NOT those of the individual citizens who make up any senator’s state.
My own senator, Dianne Feinstein, ought to be ashamed of her vote today – although I know she is not, nor will she ever be.
Jim Webb’s vote is hugely disappointing, and indefensible.
And Hillary Clinton’s absence from the vote leaves me absolutely cold.
There are others, to be sure – and we must never forget who they are.
Because they, evidently, have forgotten who put them into office, and whose interests they are supposed to represent.
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