7.09.2008

EPIC FAIL! Senate Backs Wiretap Bill to Shield Phone Companies

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar



Thank you Senator Obama for voting today for FISA. Thank you for destroying my faith in you. Thank you for gutting my Fourth Amendment Rights. Thank you for showing us that you probably are just another opportunistic politician, oh and that "Hope" and "Change" stuff... thanks for dashing that too! Now dropping the sarcasm, seriously, thank you Senator Clinton for voting no. Honestly, thank you!!

From the Huffington Post:

Today is going to go down as a dark day in our nation's history, as the Senate completes its total capitulation to the Bush administration and its corporate masters, through passing legislation that dramatically expands the government's surveillance powers and immunizes the companies responsible for illegally spying on us from any form of legal redress for the victims.

From the New York Times:

More than two and a half years after the disclosure of President’s Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program set off a furious national debate, the Senate gave final approval on Wednesday afternoon to broadening the government’s spy powers and providing legal immunity for the phone companies that took part in the wiretapping program.

Notes:
1. “The Two Obamas” by David Brooks for The New York Times, June 20, 2008.
2. “Getting to know Obama” by David Broder for The Washington Post, June 22, 2008.
3.“White House uses executive privilege in EPA spat” By Erica Werner for the Associated Press, June 21st, 2008.
4. “Voted items at FCC are secret, agency says” by John Dunbar for the Associated Press, June 18, 2008.
5. “House Sends Senate Surveillance Measure” by Paul Kane for The Washington Post, June 21, 2008.
6. Jonathan Turley interview on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”, June 19, 2008.
7. “High Stakes future of U.S. in Iraq hinges on fragile talks” by Robert Reid, for the Associated Press, June 22, 2008.

Photo: Linked from Wil Wheaton's blog with link, attributes and my sincere hope that he doesn't mind.

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