Thursday, February 14, 2008

Senate Gives Immunity to Telecom Companies

I've been talking about this for months, and finally there's news, but unfortunately, it is not good. The Senate has voted to give retroactive immunity to telecom companies that knowingly broke the law and violated the civil liberties of millions of Americans by letting the federal government listen in on our phone conversations. It isn't final, yet, I believe that the House and Senate have to meet to write the final legislation; the House does have an amendment to strip retroactive immunity in their bill, so that is good. But who knows if it'll stay there?

Neither Hillary or Obama were there for the vote; although their presences wouldn't have changed the outcome, it smacks of weak leadership and is the reason why anyone who wants to run for president should be forced to cede their seat or office. The Democrats have failed us, again, but what else is new?

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