Thursday :: Oct 18, 2007
Leadership: Dodd to Block TeleCom Retroactive Immunity
Senator Chris Dodd plans to put a hold on the Senate FISA renewal bill because it reportedly grants retroactive immunity to telephone companies for any role they played in the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program, Election Central has learned.
Dodd's planned action comes amid reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee has reached a deal with the White House on the legislation that would give telephone carriers legal immunity for whatever role they played in the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program, which was approved by President Bush after 9/11. The White House and the phone companies have been lobbying aggressively for immunity, and the announcement of the immunity deal today dismayed many opponents.
When every other candidate (including the "top tier") was willing to let the telecoms get away with illegally giving away our privacy, Chris Dodd stood up. That is leadership, instead of rhetoric.