From the blog of Wil Wheaton:
“You know, I was really annoyed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign when it went Rovian. But she stood up for our Constitution today. She stood up for our civil liberties today. Barack Obama did not, after promising us that he would. I am disgusted with Barack Obama right now. Completely disgusted.”
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed the FISA Amendments Act, broadly expanding the president’s warrantless surveillance authority and unconstitutionally granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the president’s illegal domestic wiretapping program. The House of Representatives passed the same bill last month, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly.
“It is an immeasurable tragedy that just after its return from the Fourth of July holiday, the Senate has chosen to pass a bill that betrays the spirit of 1776 by radically expanding the president’s spying powers and granting immunity to the companies that colluded in his illegal surveillance program,” said Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “This so-called compromise bill represents a shameful capitulation to the overreaching demands of an imperial president. As Senator Leahy put it in yesterday’s debate, the retroactive immunity provision of the bill upends the scales of justice and makes Congress and the courts handmaidens to the White House’s cover-up of its illegal surveillance program.”
(NOTE: I have met Kevin Bankston — he helped me out with some legal questions during the recording of Sir Millard Mulch’s “How To Sell…”)
“I will MAKE it legal.” -Senator Obamapatine