Friday, January 25, 2008

Evan Bayh: coward

From TPM:
Well, one down. The Senate just voted to kill (table) the Senate Judiciary Committee's surveillance bill, which did not contain retroactive immunity for the telecoms.
The final tally was actually 60-36, not 60-34, and the full list of Dems voting to kill were: Sens. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Ken Salazar (D-CO).

There is a bill introduced by the Republicans that will grant immunity from litigation to the telecommunications companies that handed over complete records of all your phone and internet activity to the NSA, and were paid for it with lucrative government contracts. The government now knows every call you've made or received, and every site you've visited and email you've written or read thanks to these companies. And if the GOP bill passes (which Evan Bayh apparently wants), the president will no longer need warrants to tap your phones.

Which means that, since so much of our business occurs online and over the phone now, the 4th Amendment is basically void.

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