October 18, 2007
Expansion of FISA...
I'm pretty pissed after reading this so let me summarize what's going on with FISA expansion.
Rockefeller, Chair of the Senate Intel Committee, supports a compromise version that includes immunity for companies that cooperated with Bush's illegal wiretapping. The bill still has to get through Senate Judiciary and Leahy and Specter have both said they want more information. We can only hope they don't fold up like the West Virginia Lawnchair. The House version of the bill isn't that bad and does provide some protections. It was pulled from the floor yesterday because of Republican shenanigans. The Senate compromise version hasn't been seen yet. However, we do not it includes immunity for telcos that cooperated with Bush's illegal wiretaps.
I'm as pragmatic as the next guy but Constitutional protections are something you don't play politics with, especially when you have such broad support on the issue. So why would the D's cave? Fear...
But conservative Democrats worried about Republicans' charges that the Democratic bill extended too many rights to suspected terrorists. "There is absolutely no reason our intelligence officials should have to consult government lawyers before listening in to terrorist communications with the likes of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and other foreign terror groups," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).
The measure "extends our Constitution beyond American soil to our enemies who want to cut the heads off Americans," said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.).
If you people are going to be intimidated by Gohmert then what kind of Democrats are you? This is a guy who speaks in nothing but hyperbole. It's so bad that his own constituents laugh at him. In East Texas. You wanna get him to shut up? Shout. His. Ass. Down.
As for Boehner, why is it so important for Republicans to protect companies that engaged in illegal activity and didn't obey the law? What do YOU get out of it, John? Campaign contributions? What IS your payoff, Rep. Boehner? We already know that there are Republicans who can be bought. The only question is if you're one of them. If you're not then why the hell support giving these folks immunity?
Why is it so important for you to not protect the citizens of this country, John? Wiretap restrictions aren't hurting our troops. Why is it necessary for you to hamper the Fourth Amendment Rights of the citizens of this nation?
These companies broke the law. I don't care what they thought they had by way of protection from the Federal Government. Don't give them immunity under any circumstances. Unless they produce, as law proscribes, a neat letter from AG Ashcroft.
What? They didn't get that? Then they don't get immunity.
Posted by mcblogger at October 18, 2007 11:56 AM
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