Negotiations between Democratic House Leaders and their Senate counterparts on a new surveillance bill seem to have concluded. The immunity issue demanded by President Bush is still unresolved. Congress would like to get the bill resolved before their Memorial day break.
House Democratic leaders have a bad history of capitulation problems. House Speaker Pelosi has said repeatedly that impeachment is off the table and there is a nasty rumor going around regarding her capitulating again, possibly pushing (quietly) for retroactive immunity. Madam Speaker needs to think about the consequences of caving into the Bush administration again — enough people are paying attention to make sure certain Congress persons are replaced at election time. This country has had enough already.
There are those in Congress who have gone out of their way to make sure the Bush administration could roll along void of any law or oversight — possibly believing the Bush administration is above the law — who are just as guilty those they complicitly allow to destroy Democracy.
Either way, giving immunity to those corporations who illicitly aided the Bush administration would be a bad mistake. Between the lines below is a short article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding Republican leader John Boehner and below the article are a few links to more information regarding the ongoing FISA update battle.