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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

When Amnesty is Okay.

Amnesty is a general grant of pardon that comes from the government. Immunity is an exemption from prosecution for a particular party. Passing a law that pardons the phone companies from colluding with the Bush administration in the conduct of illegal, warrantless wiretaps is granting amnesty to those bad actors.

Democrats in the Senate, led by Chris Dodd tried to prevent this grant of amesty from being included in a Senate Bill, but "17 Democrats . . . joined 49 Republicans and one independent to reject an amendment offered by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., that would have stripped the immunity [sic] provision from the bill. Two-thirds of the Democratic caucus opposed immunity." San Fransisco Chronicle.

People violated our laws regulating immigration into this country. Other people allowed our government to spy on us in violation of the the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. There are semi-legitimate justifications for both violations, but in both cases there is a legal way to do things and the violators, nonetheless, chose to use the illegal course. Every Republican Senator voted yesterday to protect the powerful.

It makes me want to throw up.

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