Read ’em and weep . . . Final FISA deal reached, vote in House may come on Friday, according to Reuters. There is a chance that the FISA bill will be voted on at the same time as the Supplemental Appropriations bill, which is even sneakier. What follows are the best posts to be found on the subject, along with a few more traditional references.
Blogasm — Strange Bedfellows: Bloggers from the left and right team up with the ACLU to fight telecom immunity (6/19/08 – 12:37 AM)
ACLU — Condemns FISA Deal, Declares Surveillance Bill Unconstitutional (6/19/2008)
Emptywheel — The FISA bill (6/19/08 – 10:15 AM) FYI: Here are the first two comments after the post:
TPM Muckraker — Lawmakers reach deal over government surveillance powers (6/19/08 – 11:37 AM)
Firedoglake — FISA: Screwed, Blued and Tattooed (6/19/08 – 12:00 PM)
ProPublica — Surveillance bill compromise likely to deliver immunity for telecoms (6/19/08 – 12:55 PM)
Carpetbagger Report — ‘Compromise’ reached on surveillance powers, retroactive immunity gets green light (6/19/08 – 12:40 PM)
Obsidian Wings — FISA “Compromise” (6/19/08 – 1:31 P.M)
Threat Level — Dems agree to expand domestic spying, grant telecoms amnesty (6/19/08 – 3:09 PM)
Think Progress — New wiretapping bill dubbed ‘repugnant’ and ‘a capitulation.” (6/19/08 – 3:39 PM)
For Reference Only:
- Wall Street Journal — Lawmakers reach deal to expand surveillance (subscription required)
- Red State — The Republican view – Ugh!
- Copy of the bill/Courtesy of Politico — 114 pages, pdf.
- New York Times — Deal Reached in Congress to Rewrite Rules on Wiretapping (6/20/08)
I have no words left for this at this point. I am stunned.
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(Cross-posted at The Reaction.)
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