Russ Feingold discusses FISA, from Rawstory Regarding blanket immunity and the evisceration of the 4th Amendment
â€œThis is an astonishing giveaway,â€ Feingold said.
The FISA update passed the House Friday, less than 24 hours after it was released. The bill was crafted after negotiations among moderate Democrats, Republicans, the White House and telecommunications lobbyists. The Senate is expected to pass the bill this week, and Feingold sounded pessimistic about the chances to improve it, although he said he would work with other skeptical senators to try.
Feingold and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday to urge him not to simply rush the new surveillance bill through the Senate. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also has been critical of the proposed FISA update.
â€œIâ€™m very worried weâ€™re not going to be able to prevail,â€