Senate bows to the White House

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.

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From WaPo:

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.

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  1. why even vote in the upcoming election. I perhaps will not in protest to the democrats ( I will have to check on Obamas vote). seems it doesnt matter. sigh…

  2. S –

    let’s hope that with a Democratic president the Dems in the senate will be more likely to stand up for progressive principles. If not we need to replace Bush dog dems with real progressives who will stand up for what we believe in.

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