I'm so disappointed. Where was Harry Reid? Where was the leadership that the Dems were supposed to show us? Voting for this is simply wrong.
Crooks and Liars have an excellent discussion. Think Progress has a little bit. I'll have more soon.
From Think Progress -
A skittish Congress allowed itself to be stampeded last week into granting the president unfettered surveillance power. When it returns to Washington, it should do what it can to make sure that the sun goes down on this flawed measure. [Link]
To call this legislation ill-considered is to give it too much credit: It was scarcely considered at all. Instead, it was strong-armed through both chambers by an administration that seized the opportunity to write its warrantless wiretapping program into law — or, more precisely, to write it out from under any real legal restrictions. [Link]
The New York Times:
While serving little purpose, the new law has real dangers. It would allow the government to intercept, without a warrant, every communication into or out of any country, including the United States. Instead of explaining all this to American voters — the minimal benefits and the enormous risks — the Democrats have allowed Mr. Bush and his fear-mongering to dominate all discussions on terrorism and national security. [Link]
Glenn Greenwald was on Cspan's Washington Journal. He gave a full throated defense of the constitution and didn't give an inch to the Dems who caved into our President.
Glenn will be in Asheville on Sept.13 to lecture at UNCA and doing a book signing!!