At issue in decision to renew Restore Act is granting immunity to the telecommunications companies that broke several laws in order to enable TWPE’s illegal surveillance. Lawsuits are now pending against BellSouth Corp, AT & T, and Verizon Telecommunications.
The commercial is sponsored by a group calling itself Defense for Democracy, which, according to Bluestem Prairie, was formed last week. The commercial shows the fingerprints of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, a neo-conservative think tank, but Defense for Democracy itself has no website, which makes me think the funds are coming from the telecommunications giants that want to wave goodbye to the potential for billons of dollars in damages and legal fees they face for working with The Worst Presidency ever and the National Security Agency.
According to Right Watch,
FDD’s agenda has included supporting a long-term military engagement in Iraq, advocating aggressive action in Iran and Syria, promoting the idea that the United States and the West are in an existential conflict with “Islamofascism,” and pushing public opinion to support an Israel-centric U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Like many of its neoconservative brethren, FDD has linked cultural issues in the United States to the broader issue of confronting enemies overseas.
One FDD publication decries the decay of Captain America’s patriotism. I’m not sure the commercials will have much of an effect on those it targets. But there’s something a little creepy about organizations from nowhere buying up television advertising.