All Posts Tagged With: "Wire-tapping"

FISA Finally Flies!

The US Senate voted today to approve the FISA bill, including immunity for the telecomm companies who acted at the government’s request with the understanding they were receiving and acting on legal requests.  The bill was approved after Republicans agreed to allow Democrats more judicial and congressional oversight.  And the bill passed 69-28.

Bush is, of course, expected to sign the bill.

Obama, despite voting for the bill, expects to keep an eye on this activity if elected and address any issues he sees.

Wait a minute, did I just say OBAMA VOTED FOR THE BILL???  Yup, although he voted against the immunity amendment, he voted for the bill.  And Clinton, in a show of party unity with Obama, voted against it.

Obama is …


DSM Register: Spitzer’s Privacy Invaded by Feds

There is little need to retrace the Eliot Spitzer story except to say: he got caught with a prostitute and apparently was using a form of structuring (attempting to get around federal bank reporting rules) in an attempt to hide the source and/or use of funds.  Although a lot of hay is being made about him being with a prostitute when he had set himself up as the hero against prostitution, the real issues here are going to center around how he was hiding money, and more importantly, why.  There were almost certainly laws broken here, and we suspect there is more to come.

However, the Des Moines Register (a substantively liberal media outlet) expressed an opinion today that this whole tawdry affair should never …


House Democrats: Let’s Split Terrorist Wire-tapping Bill

Eager to put appropriate cover on their actions so that they don’t jeopardize their reelections, House Democrats are proposing breaking up the Wire-tapping Bill into two pieces: one to provide the authorization to execute the program, and the other to provide protections for communications companies against lawsuits.

From what I’m hearing, it sounds like both bills would pass, but some legislators want the option to vote against one or the other.  From the LA Times story:

“The objective would be to pass something that is less controversial,” yet still allow Democrats to register their objections to the immunity provision, said one senior Democratic aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and other party leaders have yet to reach


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