Senate Joins House in Caving to White House Immunity Demands
Telecoms Let Off the Hook for Illegal Spying - For Now
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed the FISA Amendments Act, broadly expanding the president's warrantless surveillance authority and unconstitutionally granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the president's illegal domestic wiretapping program. The House of Representatives passed the same bill last month, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly.
Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Published: July 10, 2008
WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the government’s surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues.
I do not know what back room compromises have been made, and I am disgusted. This is no longer a government that represents the people. It cannot protect the people. It is a tool. I can't even tell what it is a tool of, except to say moneyed interests.
Obama's vote today makes me ill. I feel physically sick.