Two little things happened on the political front today that give some faint hope that the country hasn’t degraded completely into a torture-loving big-brother kleptocracy:
- Senator Chris Dodd managed to push off via filibuster threat the Senate vote to give immunity to the major telecom companies against any aid they may have given the Bush administration concerning illegal eavesdropping. Even most of the Democrats had caved and were happy to let the telecoms get a free pass for potential lawbreaking, without having all the facts looked at. You can go to Dodd’s website to throw a little love and campaign contributions his way; I’m doing both.
- Representative Robert Wexler has received tremendous support for hearings regarding the impeachment of Dick Cheney. The original goal of 50,000 online supporters has been passed and the new goal is 250,000. You can sign onto the petition at this link.
Most frustrating about both these events is the near lack of media coverage. CNN’s coverage of the telecom bill contains only a brief mention of what many consider to be a horrifying abuse of the constitution. I couldn’t find any mention at all of the call for impeachment hearings.