Dingell Says the FISA Amendments Act is a ShamRepublican-leaning Blue Dog Democrats like Congressman Michael Arcuri tried to trick their constituents this week, by saying that when they voted in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, they were voting for a compromise. The truth is that the only compromise that took place was a compromise of principles. The FISA Amendments Act gave George W. Bush and the Republicans everything they wanted. That's not a compromise. It's a surrender. Assuming that you haven't actually read the FISA Amendments Act for yourself, these dishonest members of Congress will try to tell you that the law does not give retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations that broke the law by helping the government engage in illegal spying against millions of Americans. Read the legislation, and you'll see that these Blue Dog Democrats are out-and-out lying to you. The law provides retroactive immunity, letting criminal corporations off the hook, and encouraging future crimes against the American people. Don't just take my word for it. Listen to what Congressman John Dingell had to say on the matter on Friday. He rose to speak before the House of Representatives, to warn them about the law they were about to pass:
"The immunity provision contained in this bill purporting to allow for judicial review to determine whether immunity is appropriate is a sham. As drafted, courts will have no real discretion and will be forced to grant immunity so long as the Government claims its actions were legal."Under this law, all the Bush White House has to do is present a piece of paper to a court claiming the privilege of granting legal immunity to a corporation, and then the court has no choice but to grant that immunity. Thanks to John Dingell for sharing this unfortunate truth.
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