Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Democrats: the opposition party

Pamela Hess of the AP, take it away:
WASHINGTON - Bowing to President Bush's demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans.

The relatively one-sided vote, 69-28, came only after a lengthy and heated debate that pitted privacy and civil liberties concerns against the desire to prevent terrorist attacks. It ended almost a year of wrangling over surveillance rules and the president's warrantless wiretapping program that was initiated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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The bill is very much a political compromise, brought about by a deadline: Wiretapping orders authorized last year will begin to expire in August. Without a new bill, the government would go back to old FISA rules, requiring multiple new orders and potential delays to continue those intercepts. That is something most of Congress did not want to see happen, particularly in an election year.

The long fight on Capitol Hill centered on one main question: whether to protect from civil lawsuits any telecommunications companies that helped the government eavesdrop on American phone and computer lines without the permission or knowledge of a secret court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
What a fucking joke of a party. At least my state's senators did the right thing.

Voting third party this November is looking better and better every day.

2 comments:

Neil said...

Mine did too!

Levin (D-MI), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay

So are you not from PA, I'm confused. Did/do you just live there? Glad to see Bob Casey voted agai...oh. Well at least he's not Rick Santorum!

Also nice of Ted Kennedy to show up to vote. What a selfish asshole. I mean, have you ever heard of a lamer excuse to miss a vote than brain tumor? (Insert McCain joke here) Good to see his priorities in line though, he showed up for something else.

ChrisV82 said...

I did live in PA but I now live in NJ. I voted for Bob Casey, gladly, but it is another example of Democrats getting my vote because they are the lesser of two evils, and not because they are actually appealing.

The entire chamber erupted in cheers and applause as Kennedy - flanked by his son, his best friend, the Democrats' presidential nominee, and his fellow Massachusetts senator - strode into the well of the Senate floor.

So Obama is his son, best friend and fellow Massachusetts senator?