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http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/index.html

Chris Dodd just announced that he will place a Senate "hold" on any FISA bill that contains telecom amnesty:

The Military Commissions Act. Warrantless wiretapping. Shredding of Habeas Corpus. Torture. Extraordinary Rendition. Secret Prisons.

No more.

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.

A "hold" is not insurmountable, but it creates significant procedural difficulties for a Senate trying to quietly bestow amnesty onto lawbreaking telecoms. As Greg Sargent explained in his exclusive report on this:

By doing this, Dodd can effectively hold up the telecom immunity bill, because bills are supposed to have unanimous consent in the Senate before going forward. One Senator can make it very difficult to bring a bill to the floor by objecting to allowing it to go to a vote.
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I know little about Senator Dodd, but now I'm willing to at least listen to what he has to say.

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