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Netroots Cover FISA Fight

Happy FISA Friday! Well... if you're an executive at an illegally spying telecom, that is. To the rest of us, Happy Friday at least.

Bloggers everywhere are covering this morning's House-based FISA Fight over the so-called compromise--what Feingold, God love'm, aptly describes as a capitulation--a new version of the FISA bill that still basically grants retroactive immunity to telecoms that illegally spied on us. (I guess I should say they may or may not have spied, since we don't even have access to information regarding the activities they are seeking legal amnesty for, the activities they may or may not have done...Oh, Orwell!)

Eric Lichtblau of the NYT writes:

The agreement would settle one of the thorniest issues in dispute by providing immunity to the phone companies in the Sept. 11 program as long as a federal district court determined that they received legitimate requests from the government directing their participation in the program of wiretapping without warrants.

With AT&T and other telecommunications companies facing some 40 lawsuits over their reported participation in the wiretapping program, Republican leaders described this narrow court review on the immunity question as a mere “formality.”

“The lawsuits will be dismissed,” Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri, the No. 2 Republican in the House, predicted with confidence.

The proposal — particularly the immunity provision — represents a major victory for the White House after months of dispute.

“I think the White House got a better deal than even they had hoped to get,” said Senator Christopher S. Bond, Republican of Missouri, who led the negotiations.

The White House immediately endorsed the proposal, which is likely to be voted on in the House on Friday and in the Senate next week. (My emphasis)

I bet they did.

I have two cents to contribute to this debate, but right now there's some really, really good stuff out there in the blogosphere that I thought I'd suggest:

DailyKos blogger Kagro X deconstructs arguments made by Dem supporters in favor of the FISA "compromise" bill.

DailyKos blogger mcjoan writes about media coverage of the FISA bill.

Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake liveblogs the FISA Debate in the House.

Glenn at Salon.Com has an excellent post: "What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Fred Hiatt meant by bipartisanship."

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Jun 20, 2008 in Corporate Abuse | Governmental Transparency | In the News | Liability Immunity
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I watched the speakers on this bill on CSPAN and it was obvious that they forgot (or ignored) the aspect of their oath that they are to protect the Constitution from 'domestic enemies'; They seem to be forgetting that the Bush Administration HAS not acted in a manner that presented a danger to the Constitution.
And I just watched Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) state he 'prays' that this country will never be a democracy in the McClellan hearing.
One can only hope that the Senate does something to kill this House bill.

Posted by: Bruce Sims | June 20, 2008 2:08 PM

The integrity, security and safety of our national telephone and Internet communications systems must become a major concern as we look forward to Change in November.

Private government contractors monitor all U.S. telephone and Internet communications. Some of these private contractors are corrupt or have weak internal controls.

60-70% of the National Security Agency and the CIA's National Clandestine Services budgets are paid to private contractors. See http://HappinessHacker.com for links to NYTimes articles and respected sources that document private government contractor concerns.

Do you think all these private security contractors are honest and honorable?

The War on Terror is a $100+ billion industry, the people and organizations profiting from it will not let go easily.

Can we have fair and free elections in November if our telephone and Internet communications systems are compromised?

Please give this issue some attention.

Posted by: Happiness Hacker | June 28, 2008 2:53 PM