Dodd's 30-minute anti-wiretapping barn-stormer -- video

In this remarkable 30 minute speech captured from CSpan, Sentator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) speaks eloquently and rationally about the risk to America and its people should Congress pass the new FISA wiretap law, which will forgive phone companies for participating in the NSA's illegal warrantless spying on the entire nation. While Constitutional non-believers like Harry Reid are calling for a swift passage to the bill -- so that he can jet off to Davos and play with the hedge fundies before they all commit seppuku -- Dodd is vowing to fight it and fight it and fight it. It's time to call your Senators and let 'em know that you believe in the rule of law and freedom and security.

Pointing out that not all telecoms complied with the request from the Bush administration to listen in on private conversation of American citizens unless they were given a court order to do so, Dodd also questioned where such violations would end, and warned the notion of Americans giving up rights in order to be safe was a "false dichotomy that is dangerous."
Link (via Isen)


  1. Is Dodd sure he’s a Democrat? He appears to have a spine.

    He even used the phrase “false dichotomy“!

    Maybe Connecticut has some kind of Senatorial equilibrium requirement, and Dodd has to balance out the psychotic Neo-Con AIPAC jackbooted bloodlust of Joe Lieberman.

  2. what an amazingly eloquent and level headed presentation. this is truly a wonderful thing. thank you cory.

  3. Way to go Sen. Dodd. If the other Dems had half the spine that you do, we’d probably have President Pelosi by now.

  4. Dodd is going to have to filibuster. Wouldn’t it be nice if Hilary and Obama would join him and support the rule of law? You can’t buy that kind of PR.

  5. One, I mean only one, ridiculous thing about this is that even if telecoms are prosecuted, the people at the top walk away with huge bonuses while the taxpayer bails out the company.

  6. Cory said, “…and play with the hedge fundies before they all commit seppuku.”

    Don’t worry, no one is going to kill themselves because they lost a few billion fun bucks. Hedge funds gather money from people that –can– afford to lose it. It’s gambling. And the funds managers know (cause a few are my pals) there is so much money out there, and so much greed, that it won’t be long before the pot is full again with capital. And lets not even get started with private equity money!

  7. Wow, he sounds a lot like General “Buck” Turgidson (Dr.Strangelove)… but sane.
    Where has this guy been hiding? He’s a great speaker and I wish he’d get more screen time.

  8. It’s a pity he gave that speech to an empty room; floor speeches are now strictly for TV and for the Congressional Record. All debating (and by ‘debating’ I mean Horse-Trading) takes place behind closed doors.

    Mod: sorry, I posted this comment to the wrong thread earlier.

  9. “It’s a pity he gave that speech to an empty room”

    From what I’ve seen on the Canadian side, this is a good thing. I’ve seen parliament speeches and the people that attend are total asses. Half of them are asleep and the ones that are not are busy booing and heckling the speaker.

  10. @ #10 trent hawkins
    “Wow, he sounds a lot like General “Buck” Turgidson (Dr.Strangelove)…”
    i must have totally picked that up aurally because during the the whole piece “mine shaft gap” kept bouncing around my skull.

  11. We really shouldn’t let the telcos get away with this. We need to support Dodd and Impeach Bush & Cheney.

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