Here we go, again. Telecom immunity will prove for once and for all the spinelessness of Senate Democrats. Glenn Greenwald - Political Blogs and Opinions - Salon, as usual, has a fine post on tomorrow's stakes:
There is an honest way to argue in favor of telecom amnesty, and it is, of course, exactly what amnesty advocates like the WSJ, Andy McCarthy, Jay Rockefeller and the rest of them desperately avoid. This is the only honest case one can make for this radical gift to telecoms:
Yes, telecoms violated multiple federal laws by enabling government spying on Americans and turning over communications data without warrants. They broke these laws not only in the aftermath of 9/11, but for years and years. By breaking these laws, they reaped enormous financial profits, as the Government paid them huge fees for their cooperation in the illegal spying program. Despite their having broken multiple federal laws and having committed felonies -- while reaping great profits in the process -- they ought to be granted retroactive amnesty and immunized from any consequences for their lawbreaking, otherwise they may be reluctant to break our laws in the future.
Why is this so hard for Senate Dems to get? If I keep calling Diane we'll be on a first name basis in no time. But will she finally get it?
Catch you later.....