Dodd Places Hold On FISA Telco Amnesty

Let the DoddMania begin:

The Military Commissions Act.  Warrantless wiretapping.  Shredding of Habeas Corpus.  Torture.  Extraordinary Rendition.  Secret Prisons.

No more.

I have decided to place a “hold” on the latest FISA bill that would have included amnesty for telecommunications companies that enabled the President's assault on the Constitution by illegally providing personal information on their customers without judicial authorization.

I said that I would do everything I could to stop this bill from passing, and I have. 

It's about delivering results — and as I've said before, the FIRST thing I will do after being sworn into office is restore the Constitution.  But we shouldn't have to wait until then to prevent the further erosion of our country's most treasured document.  That's why I am stopping this bill today.

Thank you Senator Dodd. You make me proud to be a supporter of your candidacy for President.


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  1. If the primaries were held today, I would vote for Chris Dodd.

    Or should that be: Chris DUDE.

  2. Support Senator Dodd

  3. and told him that he now has my support for President. But, for some reason, I’m not able to make a contribution… Grrr – it’s probably because the form can’t handle my Canuckistan postal code, even though it appears that it can.

  4. (Al?)

  5. Strange times we live in when being a decent, modest human being actually constitutes boldness compared to the hysterical hyperbole of the other candidates.  This is somewhat unfortunate for Dodd, because the public has no taste, or even sense for decency and modesty anymore.  We are far too vulgar to see it, much less understand it.  That said, I’m lining up behind Dodd.

  6. that this might be just what’s needed to get the House Republicans to stop playing procedural games and let the Democratic version pass. Let them eat some “but it has to get through the Senate” for once.

    • miriam on October 18, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I’m reading comments on a number of blogs to the effect: “I’m making my first ’08 campaign contribution and it’s to Dodd.”  Since this is also true of myself, I’ve been rather surprised at the number of these comments.  Could it, per chance, be an indication of how highly unsatisfied many of us have been with the current frontrunning contenders?  Bravo, Senator Dodd, for your leadership.  Clearly the others are waiting for poll results to tell them how to react.

  7. Maybe I am a Democrat after all.  Sometimes people forget things, perhaps I forgot….somebody forgot something.  I am getting older. 


    If you look enough I think the start date is 1945.  They have always been listening, they are listening more completely and they will listen in the future.

    “Hey honey did you meet up with Mustafa?”
    “Nah, running late tonight, if he calls though tell him it’s ok to leave those nuclear detonators in the basement”.

    • KrisC on October 19, 2007 at 1:33 am

    First of all, thanks for posting this, I haven’t seen this yet.  I have been cheering for Gore all this while, but something tells me that it’s not going to happen this cycle.  Perhaps next time…
    So now I’ve been turning my eye towards the other candidates and the front runners just don’t do it for me.  This quote you’ve posted really impresses me.  So I went over to a candidate calculator to see if we were a good match.  Turns out that we’re only 59.09% compatible.  However, Kucinich was 92.73% compatible with my political views.
    What do you see as the major differences between the two candidates?

  9. Dodd. Sure hope that his sanity, shames the rest into following through on this. Kagro x has an excellent diary up that explains hold for those of us who are procedurally impaired and bad wonks. My interest in Dodd perked up  earlier since he seems to be the only candidate besides the pixie who even talks about the rule if law, or restoring our Constitution. While not flashy it would be a relief to have someone in office who actually believes in the balance of power. 

  10. wouldn’t that be awesome?  A victory?  Feel that energy, fuckin eh.  Corporations trying to pull rank on Reid, who gets punked by Dodd and Obama.  Where’s Clinton???  Edwards???  The clock is ticking.

    • fatdave on October 19, 2007 at 4:05 am

    little I have to see what happens with Al. If he gives a clear and definite no, I’ll throw what I have here at a Dodd/Kucinich ticket. None of the UK parties are getting a penny and my MP is too frit to come to my door. He doesn’t like being shouted at. Westminster will continue to do the bidding of Washington anyway, they’ve said that. I’d rather they took on some honourable engagements.

  11. It seemed he actually gave a shit about the rule of law compared to the rock star duo, who to me seem to be all about simply rule.

    But Chris Dodd has my attention now.

    Since I live in Nebraska my vote means nothing,  the primary here is most likely too late to mean anything.

    But I can send a few bucks to Dodd. Tell me, does Dodd stand a chance? The odds look awfully long against him.

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