Russ Feingold blasts FISA

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Russ Feingold blasts FISA

By | 2008-06-25T22:22:30+00:00 June 25th, 2008|Domestic Spying|1 Comment

Senator Russ Feingold has been right so often, he should have run for president. He is a great man. I wish that he was my Senator.

Feingold’s prepared remarks:

Mr. President, I strongly oppose H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.

This legislation has been billed as a compromise between Republicans and Democrats. We are asked to support it because it is a supposedly reasonable accommodation of opposing views. Let me respond as clearly as possible: This bill is not a compromise. It is a capitulation.

This bill will effectively and unjustifiably grant immunity to companies that allegedly participated in an illegal wiretapping program – a program that more than 70 members of this body still know virtually nothing about. And this bill will grant the Bush Administration – the same administration that developed and operated this illegal program for more than five years – expansive new authorities to spy on Americans’ international communications.

If you don’t believe me, here is what Senator Bond had to say about the bill: “I think the White House got a better deal than even they had hoped to get.” And House Minority Whip Roy Blunt said this: “The lawsuits will be dismissed.”

There is simply no question that Democrats who had previously stood strong against immunity and in support of civil liberties were on the losing end of this backroom deal. (more…)

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  1. Compassionate Badger June 26, 2008 at 12:11 am

    I’m happy to have him as my Senator…but its unfortunate that Democrats are going to be on the losing end of this legislation.

    Wisconsin has a history of quality progressive figures. Unfortunately, we have never had a President from this great State. I think Senator Obama should consider Feingold as a possible running mate.

    He’s Jewish, he has a strong commitment to bi-partisanship (McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform). I think it would be good to get his voice back into the center of the party. Too often he is speaking up on the fringes when no one else will (the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, FISA).

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