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UPDATED DIARY - beginning now with Mark Klein, the AT&T whistleblower, explaining why there should be no retroactive immunity.

On the flip, Russ Feingold, Chris Dodd & others speak FOR and against retroactive immunity -- and on the dangerous flaws of the various versions of the revisions to the FISA law.

One highlight short quote, followed by CHRON sampling of our tax dollars at work:

RUSS FEINGOLD:  February 05, 2008

A CHRONOLOGY IN VIDEO CLIPS:  How our U.S. Congress gave retroactive immunity to Telcos after they repeatedly broke the existing 1970's FISA law, to secretly spy on all Americans every phone call and internet usage.

This is a sampling of how it all went down.

CHRIS DODD:  December 17, 2007

CHRIS DODD:  Jan 28, 2008  (against Sen. McConnell's cloture motion on S. 2248, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance bill and the 30 day extension. )

(McConnell's cloture motion failed, 48 for cloture and 45 against. 60 were needed. )

RUSS FEINGOLD:  Jan 29, 2008 (35 seconds. Explaining with simple example the ramifications of the new wiretapping authority in legislation before Congress.)

HARRY REID:  Jan 31, 2008.  FISA Deal With Dodd, Feingold in the Works

KEITH OLBERMANN:  Jan 31, 2008 (Special Comment:
critique of Bush and his lies about FISA, and the fact that he wants immunity for the telecom companies that allowed him to break the law repeatedly.)

RUSS FEINGOLD:  Feb 4, 2008

(more from Marcy Wheeler )

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE:  February 04, 2008


(Highlight: 38 sec: Russ Feingold responding to one of
Senator Bond's more ridiculous claims about the intention behind his FISA amendments. )

1 of 3:  SEN. BOND:  Feb 5, 2008

2 of 3:  JAY ROCKEFELLER:  Feb 5, 2008

3 of 3:  RUSS FEINGOLD:  February 5, 2008

JOHN BOEHNER:  Feb 14, 2008 -  in protest of the Majority's refusal to schedule a vote on the bipartisan, Senate-passed FISA bill

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WALK OUT OF CONGRESS to the waiting mics:  Feb 14, 2008

GEORGE W. BUSH:  Feb 15, 2008

JOHN McCAIN:  Feb 15, 2008

NANCY PELOSI: March 13, 2008 (on President Bush's Statements on FISA)

NANCY PELOSI:  March 14, 2008

BARBARA LEE:  March 14, 2008 (speaking of Dr. King, surveillance of herself, and against retro immunity)


These clips were all from the prior round of FISA debates,
before Nancy's House voted on Friday to grant retroactive immunity to Telco's who clearly broke the 1970's FISA law.

========== ADDED after comment from SPD below: ===

The American Citizen -- the person who brought this entire warrantless domestic spying & datamining program against all American citizens to the attention of the public, Mark Klein, interviewed by Keith Olbermann on November 7, 2007.

And just to put this into chronological context, this interview is November 7, 2007. And Chris Dodd railed against this notion of retroactive immunity for AT&T & Verizon on Dec 17, 2007 -- about 5 weeks later.

And, for reference, the original WIRED MAGAZINE article which broke this story of Mark Klein, the senior fiber-optic engineer at the SBC/AT&T switching station in San Francisco, which connected the backbone of the internet... And the photos of the secret room Klein discovered -- which broke this story into the whole FISA re-write of the law, seeking to give telco's retroactive immunity for their breaking the FISA law since 2001, pre-9/11.

Originally posted to rhfactor on Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM PDT.


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  •  ... because VIDEO is the primary tool we have to (3+ / 0-)
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    polecat, groggy, Hyde Park

    bring accountability back to the United States of America. We the People will do it. Congress long ago abdicated its duties. The Executive Branch overreached and destroyed Balance of Power. The Conglomerate Media turned what used to be The Fourth Estate into a disinformation branch of the U.S. Government.

    You better hope that now that the Telcos won't have to spend billions on FISA lawsuits, that they don't succeed in killing Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality, YouTube, Citizen Journalism -- these are the only tools left to form the levee that keeps America from going 100% fascist.

    I'm not one who cares if stuff hits a Rec'd List. But what I would ask is that you spread this around OUTSIDE of DailyKos, kind of like Paul Revere might. :)

    Also, I compiled this clip-set as a reply to One Pissed Off Liberal's diary today titled: I am so ashamed of my country, and it just keeps getting worse ... Just to keep this stuff all linked.

    _ The Pelosi Proximity: In the dark on FISA | Need NetNation ticket? email me. free

    by rhfactor on Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 11:13:25 PM PDT

  •  Politics has trumped the constitution (1+ / 0-)
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    for the last eight years.  The only reason to give Bush everything he wants, that I can conceive, is so that he cannot blame the Dems for his failures.  Most people have figured out that the neocon adventures are a complete failure, and the Bush administration is not trustworthy, hence the 24% approval.

    Impeachment is off the table?  Hoping the maximize the 2008 elections gains, Nancy and Harry are gambling that letting Bush hang himself is preferable to generating a grand partisan fistfight over impeachment, as gratifying as that would be for most of us.  I hope they are right.

    Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. --Will Rogers

    by groggy on Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47:14 PM PDT

  •  Pols in DC... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...would have nothing on this issue without this hero from SF.  Just saying.  I love my Russ quotes and I wish that Barbara Lee spoke for me, but little d democracy is about average citizens standing up for what's right.

    •  Totally! There is no doubt that Mark Klein is an (0+ / 0-)

      American patriot of the highest order... as the former SBC* (*who then bought AT&T, and the resulting entity was then renamed "the new AT&T") fiber optic cable senior tech who discovered that secret NSA spy room in San Francisco -- and became a whistleblower when he was told that room was special access only, and he found documentation that revealed the purpose of that room.

      There is of course a whole other sub-thread to this gargantuan story of telco spying in defiance of FISA laws as early as 2001, prior to 9/11/01 --- and the EFF lawsuit against AT&T -- which is the "thorn" Bush speaks about obliquely in his Feb 15, 08 remarks captured above in video.

      I have lost track of the current status of that lawsuit, as AT&T has spent tremendous resources to have that lawsuit thrown out. Initially a SF judge ruled the lawsuit would go forward. But in all honesty, as this thing moved forward, and with all the oither CRAP of this Admin to keep our minds occupied on other things, I just don't know the current or final status of that suit.

      Your comment is so right... The govt would have gotten away with this whole planned abuse of FISA, and with this implementation of a systematic vacuuming of all domestic telephone and internet usage from every America without any cause, and with that the sophisticated datamining then applied to the data on all American citizens, were it not for this one man who did the right thing.

      By contrast, someone like Scott McClellan could happily take part in known systematic lying on a daily basis not just about Rove/Plama but also about ALL the daily lies he peddled to cloak Bush from scrutiny, and only come forward with "the truth" after he left office. As Richard Clarke so generously says "at least McClellan has now come forward and asked for forgiveness" unlike those who continue to lie on a daily basis.

      So yes -- my regard for the honest American citizen(s) as the vanguard against abuse of power is the highest form of faith I have in our system of govt. by contrast I have zero faith in our Congress, absolutely zero.

      And, I will just add, since at most 5 people will read this out of hundreds of thoiusands in this community: I believe nancy pelosi was briefed on all of this, and approved it, and the modus operandi for her "impeachment off the table" has to do with the evidence that would come out in an Impeachment of Bush which would provide proof of her implication in this whole domestic spying apparatus in her backyard of San Francisco.

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