Daily Archives: March 4, 2008

Misadventures In Congressional Capitulation

It’s beginning to appear inevitable that Congressional Democratic leaders are going to screw their constituents — and every other single American — by caving into President Bush’s demands that retroactive immunity be given to telecoms who participated in the illegal spying. That means America will never know the extent of the lawbreaking done by the president, which is what president Bush wanted all along.

Just when you thought Congress was going to do the right thing and stand up to the abuses of the law committed by the president, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes went on CNN this past weekend and meekly expressed his willingness to give what he called full ‘blanket immunity’ to telecoms this week. Video of the pathetic interview can be seen on the Crooks and Liars web site.

Not, as noted by Salon News and a few other sites, that it comes as a big surprise. Since Democrats took over Congress a couple years ago, they have done whatever they’re told to do by the White House — putting all the corruption of this administration above the lives and rights of every American citizen.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) — who represent some of the biggest companies in the computer and communications industry — sent a letter (PDF) to the U.S. House of Representatives protesting retroactive immunity for the telecoms.

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