Senator Chris Dodd joins us today from Iowa to discuss his decision to oppose retroactive immunity for the telecom companies from the upcoming FISA bill.

Dodd is acting in the tradition of Robert Kennedy, who himself vigorously opposed such action:

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Democrat of New York, added his voice today to the growing chorus of opposition to legislation that would retroactively legalize six bank mergers that have been attacked under the antitrust laws.

Mr. Kennedy said that he objected to the basic philosophy of retroactive immunization, which he said, might logically be applied to “murder or any other crime.”

Glenn Greenwald:

The Democratic Party has gone from Robert Kennedy and Nicholas Katzenbach standing up eloquently and aggressively for the rule of law (h/t reader JF) — even in the face of fear-mongering claims that undoing those mergers would cripple the economy — to Jay Rockefeller plotting in secret for months with Dick Cheney as to how they can protect lawbreaking telecoms from the court battles they are losing and immunize them from the consequences of their criminal conduct in allowing warrantless spying for years on American citizens.

That steeply downward fall — from Robert Kennedy and the rule of law to the Cheney/Rockefeller telecom amnesty deal — illustrates so many things about what has happened to our country.

Please leave your questions for Senator Dodd in the comments. He will be responding via video from 11:30-12:00 ET, 8:30-9:00 PT.