Amy Klobuchar abandons her principles, votes for FISA bill
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) voted for cloture on the FISA bill yesterday. Now the bill cannot be filibustered and will likely become law. This is the second time that Amy has abandoned the committment she made during her campaign to defend the constitution and our civil rights. The first time was last August when she voted for the first FISA bill (the one that expired in February). So much for standing up for what she claimed to believe in.
I'm sure she will vote against the bill (and issue a press release with strong language about how she opposes it) when it passes, but the real vote was yesterday. She failed us all again.
Here's the technicalities of the vote. Since the 1990s instead of actually filibustering a bill (standing at the podium and speaking for hours if not days on end), a "gentleman's" agreement has been in effect to make the filibuster less painful. All that needs to happen is for one party to threaten a filibuster and a vote of cloture will be required to move on to a vote on the the bill/amendment. This way Senators can return to their posh apartments for dinner and a good night's rest.
Harry Reid, the spineless Senate Majority Leader, has allowed this mere threat of a filibuster to stop hundreds of bills, amendments and non-binding resolutions since the Democrats took control of the Senate in January of 2007. He has allowed the Republicans to block anything and everything the Democrats have wanted to accomplish.
Implications of Sen. Klobuchar's vote for cloture
By voting for cloture, it is likely that the Senate will vote to pass the FISA bill and President Bush will sign it into law. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) will be unable to filibuster this bill as debate is limited to 30 hours before the vote occurs.
Here are the implications of her vote:
- Amy Klobuchar thinks that the Bush Administration should be allowed to read our emails and listen to our phone calls.
- Amy Klobuchar thinks that it should be made retroactively legal for the Bush Administration to have been reading our emails and listening to our phone calls since spring of 2001.
- Amy Klobuchar thinks that the telecoms should be granted retroactive immunity for aiding the Bush Administration by providing your emails and phone conversations.
- Amy Klobuchar thinks that this illegal behavior should not be investigated. This bill will halt all lawsuits against the telecoms for their aiding and abetting of the Bush Administration's crimes.
- Amy Klobuchar thinks that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution (right to privacy) is less important than the Bush Administration's sweeping counter-terrorism dragnet.
I have contacted Sen. Klobuchar's office, but do not have not been able to get a statement on her position nor her vote. I will post her statement concerning her vote as soon as I get it or find it.