The Senate yesterday voted to give telecos legal immunity for participating in illegal wiretapping. In a grossly disappointing pander to the right, Sen. Barack Obama went along with the plan.
(Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, on the other hand, led the fight against it.)
Now that this anti-constitutional piece of legislation is about to become law, the ACLU promises to challenge it:
“This fight is not over. We intend to challenge this bill as soon as President Bush signs it into law,” said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. “The bill allows the warrantless and dragnet surveillance of Americans’ international telephone and email communications. It plainly violates the Fourth Amendment.”
And please remember: in America, if you engage in serious felonies, it helps to have lots of lobbyists to help rewrite the law to your benefit. Lots of cash for campaign donations helps, too.