FISA negotiators near dealThe "contentious" issue is telecom immunity.
By Manu Raju
House and Senate negotiators are on the verge of striking an accord on a contentious overhaul of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), several aides said Friday.
The proposed agreement would give federal district courts the authority to review whether civil liability protections should be afforded to those companies that received orders from the administration to wiretap phones after Sept. 11, 2001, aides said Friday.I can't say that I understand what this means. Dday at Hullabaloo suggests it amounts to a paper-whipping exercise: if the courts determine that the Administration gave the telecom a written guarantee that all was kosher, the telecom is immune from prosecution.
Speaker Pelosi is said to be pushing to get the bill passed before the July 4 recess.
What's the rush?
Do the Dems fear an imminent terrorist attack for which they'll be blamed if the bill is NOT passed? [Note: my personal belief is that telecom immunity is a poison pill deliberately included by the Administration for just this purpose - to provide a pretext for adjourning Congress in response to a "terrorist" attack prior to the fall elections... this is my grand conspiracy theory.]
Stop the madness!