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Meanwhile, Senate Democrats STILL Want to Reward Telecom Lawbreakers-Deal Reached
 


18 October 2007 at 9:30:58 AM
salon

Oh. Please. Let's just take the constitution out and burn it, and while we're at it, stop saying, EVER, that we are a nation of law and order. Except on teevee.

Senate Democrats and Republicans reached agreement with the Bush administration yesterday on the terms of new legislation to control the federal government's domestic surveillance program, which includes a highly controversial grant of legal immunity to telecommunications companies that have assisted the program, according to congressional sources.

Disclosure of the deal followed a decision by House Democratic leaders to pull a competing version of the measure from the floor because they lacked the votes to prevail over Republican opponents and GOP parliamentary maneuvers.

So, does this mean the House Democrats, including Chet Edwards, are going to cave in, too, and grant immunity to law-breakers?

The draft Senate bill has the support of the intelligence committee's chairman, John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), and Bush's director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell. It will include full immunity for those companies that can demonstrate to a court that they acted pursuant to a legal directive in helping the government with surveillance in the United States.

Such a demonstration, which the bill says could be made in secret, would wipe out a series of pending lawsuits alleging violations of privacy rights by telecommunications companies that provided telephone records, summaries of e-mail traffic and other information to the government after Sept. 11, 2001, without receiving court warrants.

What's the reason these telecoms don't have to GO TO COURT? Why is it that if you are a Bush cronie helping him break the law that you get Congress to HELP YOU DO IT!

There are TWO standards of justice in this country-One for Bush and Congressional pals, and one for the rest of us.


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