Motion to invoke cloture to preceed on the FISA bill passes 80 - 15
Senators voting NAY to a surveillance state:
Too busy to even bother to vote:
Remarks of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Opposing H.R. 6304, FISA Amendments Act of 2008
This legislation has been billed as a compromise between Republicans and Democrats. We are asked to support it because it is a supposedly reasonable accommodation of opposing views. Let me respond as clearly as possible: This bill is not a compromise. It is a capitulation.
This bill will effectively and unjustifiably grant immunity to companies that allegedly participated in an illegal wiretapping program – a program that more than 70 members of this body still know virtually nothing about. And this bill will grant the Bush Administration – the same administration that developed and operated this illegal program for more than five years – expansive new authorities to spy on Americans’ international communications.
If you don’t believe me, here is what Senator Bond had to say about the bill: “I think the White House got a better deal than even they had hoped to get.” And House Minority Whip Roy Blunt said this: “The lawsuits will be dismissed.”
JP: I Am Howard Beale
Matthew Yglesis: Lies, damned lies and John McCain
Euro 2008 TV Blackout: "the most annoying balls-up imaginable"