Democrats and FISA – Will They Capitulate Again in 2009Posted by Al @ 1:55 pm
One of the major assaults on our Constitution was the FISA bill passed during the Bush II administration after 911, supported by both Democrats and Republicans. Of course, one of the major provisions of that bill allowed for retroactive and future immunity from past and future illegal wire-tapping conducted by the telecommunications industry.
In 2008, a great deal of political grandstanding took place as both (d) and (r) sought support for their position on FISA renewal. Well, Obama, like the majority of Democrats, rallied against the FISA bill renewal only to capitulate at voting time.
The House passed legislation to expand spying authority, despite the objections of most Democratic lawmakers, almost ensuring that a White House-backed surveillance measure will become law.
The Democrats fought the Republicans over FISA, but massive lobby efforts and campaign contributions from the telecommunications industry swayed Democrats into supporting their position. This could have been defeated if (26) Democrats had voted for American freedom instead of Corporatism and continued immunity for the telecommunications industry.
Why did Democrat’s support the telecommunication industry instead of the American public? If you guessed industry lobby efforts and campaign contributions, then you’re barking up the right tree. Maplight.org investigated this connection and found “HOUSE DEMS WHO CHANGED THEIR VOTE TO SUPPORT FISA BILL, GIVING IMMUNITY TO TELCOS, RECEIVED, ON AVERAGE, $8,359 IN PAC CONTRIBUTIONS FROM VERIZON, AT&T, AND SPRINT.
The Obama administration earlier this week asked Congress to reauthorize the use of three techniques that expire later this year — roving wiretaps, access to business records and tracking suspected foreign militants who may be working individually rather than as part of a larger group, known as the “lone wolf” authority.
While there is some support for renewing those methods, some Senate Democrats have said they want to bolster privacy protections, something the Obama administration said it was willing to consider.
What’s changed since the vote of 2008?
2009 Lobby Effort to Congress
At&T -$8.19 million
Verizon -$9.2 million
Sprint/Nextel -$1.3 million
2009 Total Telephone Utility Lobby -$22.2 million
It looks as if the telecommunications industry has ramped up their lobby efforts and continue to shovel boatloads of money to both sides of the congressional aisle. Will the Democrats support privacy rights of American or continue, like their Republican counterparts, to cater to corporate amerika’s interest and continue their assault on the Constitution of America? I think money will win out and, unfortunately, the telecommunications industry has the royal flush in that game.
Contact your Congressional representative and ask them to protect American freedom instead of telecommunication companies’ profits. Support those in Congress who truly support the Constitution.