The United States Senate just voted to let hugely profitable telecommunications that violated your privacy, illegally shared the contents of your personal private communications, broke the law, violated the law, broke the law, broke the law, broke the law, broke the law, BROKE THE LAW just get away with it.
Rather than protect the violated rights of the Americans whose privacy was illegally violated, the U.S. Senate just decided to protect the corporate lawbreakers instead — granting legal indemnification to megaprofitable lawbreaking corporations after the fact. They did that by voting down Senator Christopher Dodd’s Amendment 3907, which would have simply required that lawbreaking corporations be held to the standard of the law.
Worse than that, in its vote the U.S. Senate just voted to cut off the last available means by which the program to spy on Americans without a warrant could be contested in court. If the full FISA Amendments Act now passes, no American will have the right to challenge the constitutionality of government surveillance and of corporate participation in that surveillance. You and I, the little people, who the Constitution once termed “We The People,” are now lower-case serfs in the eyes of the law. As the government and corporations cooperate to spy on us, we the little people no longer have the standing to even question their conduct.
Every member of the United States Senate swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Today, 67 of those Senators lubed you up, shoved you over a table, pulled on a latex glove and told you in no uncertain terms to assume the position.
A certain Senator who is running for President, who had promised to work against the legal immunity provision, didn’t even show up to vote. Guess who that was. Guess who just definitively lost my Ohio vote.