In a new television ad put out by the CDW, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) is being portrayed as the candidate who will protect your privacy. However, he took a very decisive stand against privacy when he voted in favor of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (“FAA”) bill earlier this week. Although his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, voted against the final version of the bill, it did pass and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 11, 2008.
By voting against the Dodd Amendment which would have removed the provision for telecom immunity from the bill, against the Specter Amendment which would have limited retroactive immunity, against the Bingaman Amendment that called for a stay on pending cases against certain telecommunications companies, and yea for FAA, Sen. Coleman is revealing his allegiance to companies who have potentially violated the privacy of ordinary citizens via illegal search and seizure.
Together with journalists Naomi Klein and Chris Hedges; The Nation; attorneys David Nevin, Scott McKay, Dan Arshack and Sylvia Royce; organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Global Fund for Women; the ACLU has filed suit in the U.S. District Court challenging the FAA’s violation of the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and the principle of separation of powers.