Want to be Read on the Senate Floor?
Salon Blogger Glenn Greenwald has frequently criticized the increasingly cozy relationship between federal surveillance authorities and large communication companies. Given recent developments, Greenwald now believes that:
The U.S. has become precisely the kind of surveillance state that we were always told was the hallmark of tyrannical societies, with literally no limits on the government’s ability or willingness to spy on its own citizens and to maintain vast dossiers on those activities. The vast bulk of those on whom the Government spies have never been accused, let alone convicted, of having done anything wrong. One can dismiss those observations as hyperbole if one likes — people want to believe that their own government is basically benevolent and “tyranny” is something that happens somewhere else — but publicly available facts simply compel the conclusion that, by definition, we live in a lawless surveillance state, and most of our political officials are indifferent to, if not supportive of, that development.
Worried that an upcoming “Senate bill will contain both amnesty and vast new warrantless surveillance powers,” Sen. Christopher Dodd is planning to filibuster the measure. If you’d like your concerns to be voiced during the filibuster, Greenwald reports that “you can leave your comment here, on this FDL post, and Dodd’s office will review them and choose many for Dodd to read on the Senate floor tomorrow.” One historically minded commenter has already recommended the recitation of part of the Church Report.
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