Posted: 12/18/07 23:51
by Dave Mindeman
When immunity enters the discussion, wouldn't it follow that you need it because something illegal has occurred?
It is very troubling that Congress is poised to grant immunity to the telecom companies without any real investigation into what they did (or more likely, what they were coerced into doing).
We need a full and complete investigation into how far and deep our privacy has been invaded. The telecom companies will have no reason to come forward and explain their participation if they have been essentially "pardoned" before the investigation begins.
Thank you Chris Dodd for standing alone for principle. Shame on Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and yes.... shame on you Amy Klobuchar for not standing with him. Oh, sure.. Clinton and Obama will say they are on his side -- but they weren't there for the vote. And Klobuchar says she still hasn't fully made up her mind.... but she voted to break the filibuster. C'mon on Amy... we've already got Norm to give us that kind of tripe.
The telecoms need to be challenged. They need to tell us exactly what the Bush administration has asked of them. We need records and data. And we won't get it if the telecom industry is off the hook before they start.
It is not like they can't be granted immunity later --- but certainly not before we find out what we are granting that immunity for. Is that asking too much of this administration? A little clarity? A little truth?