Senate Sides with Bush and Against Rule of Law on FISA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2008

Contact: Josh Glasstetter or Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

Email: media@pfaw.org

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

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In response to the Senate’s vote on the FISA Amendments Act, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

“Today a majority of the Senate sided with the Bush administration and against the rule of law. It was a sadly bipartisan effort, with more than two-thirds of senators voting for a bill that includes blanket immunity for companies that assisted the administration’s illegal warrantless wiretapping.

Even in an election year with demagogues ready to scream appeaser at those who take a stand, it’s a disappointing day. We should be able to expect more from our public officials.”

You can read People For’s letter opposing the bill, including its approval of future wireless surveillance, here.