The White House can have their cake and eat it, too. The latest final version of the FISA bill seems to have a valentine’s day smooch for the White House and the Telecoms. Immunity. Why? I have no idea. I know why the White House wants these companies who clearly broke the law to have immunity, so that the extend of their vast spying will really never be fully understand. I have no idea why the Senate Democrats like Rockefeller and Reid would go along with this.
There continues to be not consequences for breaking the law if you are a buddy of the Bush administration.
The Senate voted today to preserve retroactive immunity from lawsuits for telecommunications companies that cooperated with a government eavesdropping program, decisively rejecting an amendment that would have stripped the provision from a bill to modernize an electronic surveillance law.
Senators voted 67 to 31 to shelve the amendment offered by Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). A filibuster-proof 60 votes had been needed for the amendment to move forward.