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Dodd Speaks Out Against Telecom Amnesty

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In a move that takes considerable political clout, Presidential hopeful Chris Dodd has placing a hold on the FISA bill in the Senate that would immunize telecommunications companies against litigation for their role in handing over phone records to the US government.

At his campaign website, Dodd posted the following:

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.

 Senator Dodd then invited comments about the move below his post, indicating that the two-way New Media is taking hold even in politics.

This isn’t an endorsement (of candidates), but it is comforting to know there are Congressmen willing to stand up to Constitutional violations, and that the public has a new way to communicate with politicians directly. 

Dodd Speaks Out Against Telecom Amnesty
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