Thursday, June 26, 2008

Senate delays vote on surveillance bill

Senate delays vote on surveillance bill - 26 Jun 2008 at 8:22pm - WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday put off voting on controversial electronic surveillance legislation, in spite of what appeared to be overwhelming support for the bill. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and more than a dozen other senators who oppose telecom immunity threw up procedural delays that threatened to force the Senate into a midnight or weekend session. The prospect of further delays was enough to cause Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to postpone the vote until after the weeklong July 4 vacation.... The bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act represents a compromise. In exchange for telecom immunity, the inspectors general of the Pentagon, Justice Department and intelligence agencies will investigate the wiretapping program. The attorney general and national intelligence director on Thursday said President Bush would veto the bill if the immunity provisions were stripped from it.
If there's something worth investigating, why do they need an immunity deal to start the investigation? Or, conversely, if an investigation is unwarranted, why would they agree to waste their time and energies (and taxpayer dollars) in exchage for an immunity provision? If this FISA bill passes, it would be an outrageous, blatant corruption of government, or am I missing something?


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