Glenn Greenwald writes a petition to Harry Reid:
Dear Senator Reid:
I am outraged by your efforts to enable to the Bush administration and telecoms to escape all accountability for their illegal spying on American citizens. I am appalled by your refusal to recognize the "hold" placed by Sen. Chris Dodd on the Cheney/Rockefeller bill to expand warrantless eavesdropping and provide telecoms immunity, especially given the reverence with which you treat "holds" asserted by GOP Senators. And I am truly disappointed that you have treated in such a cavalier manner revelations that the Bush administration has simply broken the law in how it has spied on Americans.
Sadly, your legacy as Senate Majority Leader thus far is one of extreme weakness and failure. It is astonishing to watch one capitulation after the next to a President who is widely discredited and historically unpopular and whose administration is patently corrupt. Your constituents did not send you to Washington to enable the Bush administration’s behavior, but rather to act as an important check on that behavior. Your role as Senate Majority Leader is to impose limits on the President’s misconduct, not to enable and endorse it. You are profoundly failing in all of your core duties.
More than ever, America needs principled and courageous leadership, and you are uniquely situated to provide it. Please start doing so. You can begin by joining in Chris Dodd’s filibuster of the horrific Senate Intelligence Committee bill and by urging your caucus members to do the same.
You can sign the petition to Reid here.