These people are just gutless, spineless liars. At least the Bushie Republicans are straight-up fascists. The Democrats bitch and pretend otherwise, and then show their true colors with their actions.
Pelosi and Hoyer are disgraces. Both are what is wrong with Washington. Entrenched lifer insiders cutting deals to protect corporate and statist interests, civil liberties and the public interest be damned.
Ex post facto immunity for major telecoms' trampling the Constitution as useful tools for a rogue imperial now-lame duck president, on his way out the door.
Of course, they have let Bush and his henchman get away with murder, too craven to impeach the son-of-a-bitch...why not help their telecom lobbyist pals out of a jam, too?
The money line : "I think the White House got a better deal than even they had hoped to get,” said Senator Christopher S. Bond, Republican of Missouri, who led the negotiations."
I guess the D's want to make sure Barack is all set up for his franchise. Yeah, change we can believe in...like legalizing Ma Bell's secret spying.
Way to go, lying Democrat pigs. No better than Bush.
CONGRESS STRIKES DEAL TO OVERHAUL WIRETAP LAW
WASHINGTON — After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and provide what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the Sept. 11 attacks.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/washington/20fisa.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print
UPDATE - SHOCKER PT. DEUX : OBAMA BACKS UP BUSH ADMINISTRATION - PROMISES AS PRESIDENT HE'LL BE A MORE OBSERVANT WIRETAPPER - USES TYPICAL RHETORIC
"It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives - and the liberty - of the American people."
Additional steps? What, like newer, better forms of big brother-come-to-life illegal spying on American citizens? Somehow I doubt he means less.
But of course, BigGuvBama will be better than the rest.