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."