Bill Huey, Strategic Communications, Atlanta (2/27):
And not just immunity, but RETROACTIVE immunity, meaning pending lawsuits will be tossed and telecomm companies will be absolved from things they have already done as well as things they might do in the future. If the tobacco companies had thought of that angle, we might still have the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and cigarette advertising on TV.
Here’s what Senator Chris Dodd said about the matter December17, 2007, in a speech on the Senate floor:
“For the last six years, our largest telecommunications companies have been spying on their own American customers. Secretly and without a warrant, they delivered to the federal government the private, domestic communications records of millions of Americans—records this administration has compiled into a database of enormous scale and scope. That decision betrayed millions of customers’ trust. It was unwarranted—literally. But was it illegal?
"That, Mr. President, I don’t know. And if this bill passes in its current form, we will never know. The president’s favored corporations will be immune. Their arguments will never be heard in a court of law. The details of their actions will stay hidden. The truth behind this unprecedented domestic spying will never see light. And the book on our government’s actions will be closed, and sealed, and locked, and handed over to the safe-keeping of those few whom George Bush trusts to keep a secret.”
Both Breaux and Lott were reliable water-carriers for BellSouth before AT&T acquired it at the end of 2006. So naturally the telecomm giant hires them to lobby for this bill.
A. G. Bell (2/26):
Yes, by all means protect those patriotic telcoms!!!!
Only Qwest had the cajones to tell Bush to get a FISA warrant. THAT was the right thing to do, not roll over the privacy of Americans.
Anybody who believes the GOP right wing deadenders in the White House wanted the information only to fight terror is niave or just plain stupid. I wouldn't trust Bush/Cheney/Rove as far as I could throw them.