The Dodd Speaks

Chris Dodd spoke on the floor of the Senate this morning about FISA, the rule of law, and defending the Constitution from retroactive immunity:

"I will not stand on the floor of the United States Senate and be silent about the direction we are headed. It is time to say 'no more.' No more trampling our Constitution. No more excusing those who violate the rule of law. These are our principles. They have been around at least since the Magna Carta. They are enduring. What they are not is temporary. And what we do not do in a time where our country is at risk is abandon them.

My father was Executive Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals during 1945 and 1946. What America accomplished at those historic trials wasn’t a foregone conclusion. It took courage – when Stalin and even a leader as great and noble as Winston Churchill wanted to simply execute the Nazi leaders, we didn’t back down from our belief that these men—as terrible as they were—ought to have a trial. We did not give in to vengeance."

The whole transcript is here.

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