A typically dangerous and confusing political issue is playing out in the United States. Some lawmakers are supporting a Bill (FISA)which will retroactively protect telecommunication companies from being sued if they hand over records to government spy agencies.
The issue itself – spying on citizens – seems obvious enough to socialists, and that this is a bad law that will lead to a further entrenchment of corporate fascism. To make it more interesting, a lobby group: The Third Way, works with Democrats to influence them towards voting for this further erosion of the rights of people to be free of corporate/state surveillance.
Matt Renner, in a Truthout investigative report, writes that “[a] think tank with close ties to the telecommunication industry has been working with a key Democrat in the Senate on a domestic surveillance bill that would provide telecommunications companies with retroactive immunity for possibly violating federal law by spying on American citizens at the behest of the Bush administration.”
Furthermore, he writes that “Third Way [is] a non-profit “progressive” think tank that is funded and controlled by hedge fund managers, corporate lawyers and business executives [and] has advised Sen. Jay Rockefeller on a domestic surveillance bill that includes immunity for telecommunications companies with which Third Way board members have close ties.”
Canadians must be rigorous in our scrutiny of the drift – perhaps lunge is a more appropriate word – towards corporate/state authoritarianism. After all, this was the model for Germany’s disastrous National Socialism: Nazism. One need not expand further.