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December 02, 2007

The FISA Vote is Coming, the FISA Vote is Coming

Posted in: Legal

Remember Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride where he raced through the countryside shouting "the British are coming, the British are coming"? Well, I kinda feel like that. With Christy taking some vaca time with the Peanut somebody has to keep sounding the alarm that the FISA vote could happen this week!

Everybody say it with me "No retroactive immunity for telcoms. No prospective immunity for telcoms. No basket warrants." 

(Ahem, I can’t HEAR YOU! Try it again, in unison while I listen……… Ah, much better that time, but you still need practice.)

Here’s the scoop kids, if the telcoms get immunity, we are never going to find out for sure what the thing is that the President authorized that at least one judge seems to think was so flagrantly unconstitutional and illegal that its protestations of believing the President could authorize it do not even pass the blush test. Here’s Marcy on the latest on the AT&T case.

Now, I’ve advanced a theory about what it might be that was so black and white/ open and shut illegal that most of the top tier of DOJ was willing to resign over it. And I truly believe that for a guy like Comey to stage something that dramatic, it had to be a really clear violation, not a question of differing opinion.

The simple reality though, is if there is any kind of immunity, or having the government step in as the deep pocket for the telcoms, it’s all going to get swept under the rug.

It’s unlikely that most, or even few, of the legislators who will be voting on this bill have actually read it, much less understood it. Yah know. Like Joe Klein?  [that last link is to a compilation of links for all the back and forth Glenn Greenwald did with Joe.]  The links in this post should give you guys "digg" and "spotlight" fodder for every single day between now and the vote.

Go forth and Influence some opinions out there!!!!!


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