Sen. Norm Coleman on FISA

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.

See how your senator voted here.


4 thoughts on “Sen. Norm Coleman on FISA

  1. As a Liberal Democrat I am sad and ashamed that my party has yet again given in on such a vital violation of our United States Federal Constitution which is meant to serve and protect our natural born individual sovereign rights.

    I’m not looking for a Independent candidate to cast my vote for.

    The Democrats used the excuse they couldn’t go agaisnt a popular President but that excuse is no longer valid when President George Walker Bush is at a historic record low approval rating for any President.

    How can we vote for someone who has been outsmarted and out flanked by George Walker Bush?


    Great wordpress blog.

    Posted by Sovereign John | 12 July, 2008, 9:24 pm
  2. You are not alone, SJ. I would like to think that Obama intends to revisit the immunity provision if/when he takes office, but realize that this is not a very defensible excuse.

    (PS Many kind thanks)

    Posted by draabe | 12 July, 2008, 9:44 pm
  3. Thanks for these great updates. I am continually flummoxed by Coleman’s deviousness.

    Posted by Beryl Singleton Bissell | 21 July, 2008, 4:34 pm


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