Fake Opposition Dems Strike Again
Basically, the telecoms bought off congress.
You know the legislation is bullshit when you have assholes saying stuff like this about the alternative bill:
"There is absolutely no reason our intelligence officials should have to consult government lawyers before listening in to terrorist communications with the likes of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and other foreign terror groups," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).
The measure "extends our Constitution beyond American soil to our enemies who want to cut the heads off Americans," said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.).
This bill includes immunity from this kind of appalling behaviour:
We have evidence of an NSA-controlled room in the Folsom Street AT&T facilities in San Francisco. We have evidence that AT&T diverted copies of everyone's Internet traffic into that room. And we know that there's very sophisticated equipment in that room that is capable of doing real-time analysis of the Internet traffic that is getting routed into there.
The final vote hasn't been taken however, and there is some chance for heroics by a Senator with some interest in justice and civil rights to put a hold on this thing -- but I sure wouldn't hold my breath.
UPDATE: Dodd is the hero for today.