June 22, 2008

IT'S NOT A HOUSE, IT'S A PUP TENT:

House Passes Spy Bill; Senate Expected to Follow (Paul Kane, 6/21/08, Washington Post)

The House, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, yesterday approved a sweeping new surveillance law that extends the government's eavesdropping capability and effectively would shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits for cooperating with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

Ending a year-long battle with President Bush, the House passed, by a 293 to 129 vote, an overhaul of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). [...]

Only one Republican opposed the bill, but Democrats were sharply divided. And the legislation presented a fresh foreign policy dilemma for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The party's presumptive presidential nominee announced his support of the FISA bill despite active opposition to it from the liberal activist base that has financially fueled his campaign.


America doesn't elect liberals, so he has to at least pretend.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2008 9:53 AM
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