You would think this would be a no brainer, even for the non-digital natives in Congress.
Faster internet for everyone is good for education, the economy, and the environment. In fact, according to SpeedMatters.com:
Every $5 billion increase in broadband investment creates 100,000 new jobs, according to the CWA. This two-pronged broadband stimulus program that focuses both on increasing deployment in unserved areas and improving service in underserved areas will create the most jobs in the short-term, and help build a globally competitive communications infrastructure available to all Americans.
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Now is the time for net neutrality.
Dear President-elect Obama,
During the campaign, you pledged to “take a backseat to no one in my commitment to Net Neutrality” and to “protect the Internet’s traditional openness to innovation and creativity and ensure that it remains a platform for free speech and innovation that will benefit consumers and our democracy.” You also committed to appointing leaders at the Federal Communications Commission who support Net Neutrality.
We congratulate you for putting this crucial media and technology issue in the public spotlight, and as the first priority in your technology agenda at www.change.gov.
We urge you to make Net Neutrality a top priority and work with the new Congress and FCC. Net Neutrality is the cornerstone to protecting innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet. Your support right now is essential.
Click on the link below to remind Mr. Obama that we expect him to keep his promise to preserve an open and fee internet for all.
No shit. Good thing Reid and Pelosi stood up to Bush and stopped this illegal nonsense.
However, ABC News reports that the NSA frequently listened to and transcribed the private phone calls of Americans abroad, according to two former military intercept operators. These conversations included those of American soldiers stationed in Iraq and American aid workers abroad, such as Doctors Without Borders:
Don’t let the mock outrage from the leadership of the Democratic majority fool you. Their hands are just as dirty as the Bush Administration. Why else would they continue to cave to the most unpopular President in modern history?
The people need to hold these clowns accountable for their disregard for the basic tenets of our Constitution. Did someone say MoneyBomb?
So, of course key Congressional Democrats who were made aware of these illegal torture and surveillance programs are going to protect the Bush administration and other lawbreakers. If you were Jay Rockfeller or Nancy Pelosi, would you want there to be investigations and prosecutions for torture programs that, to one degree or another, you knew about? If you were Jane Harman, wouldn’t you be extremely eager to put a stop to judicial proceedings that were likely to result in a finding that surveillance programs that you knew about, approved of, and helped to conceal were illegal and unconstitutional?
When President Bush and Vice President Cheney celebrated the signing of the new FISA bill at the White House along with Jay Rockefeller, Steny Hoyer and Jane Harman (see the wonderful photos here), they weren’t just celebrating with the political officials who helped protect them from consequences for illegal acts. They were celebrating with those who were participants in those acts, and who were therefore just as eager for immunity and an end to judicial proceedings as Bush officials themselves.
Preparations are now underway for the first Strange Bedfellows money bomb. Click here to make a pledge–and a difference.
Let’s show Obama and McCain that Americans, even in the face of expensive gasoline and groceries, are willing to put up their hard earned cash to protect the Constitution and their civil liberties.
Because, as the battle over telecom immunity has proven, nothing seems to quickly focus a politician’s attention like a big pile of money.
To read Senator Dodd’s speech, click here.