House Holds Closed Session To Discuss Warrantless Wiretapping

The US House held a rare closed session last night to discuss the pending FISA bill that would regulate government spying on phone calls and emails. Ironically, according to the Rachel Maddow Show, House members had to wait several hours to start the session so the chamber could be swept for bugs.

George W. Bush, who insists that the new FISA bill must include immunity for telecom companies who broke the law by allowing the government to eavesdrop on customers without proper authorization, is pulling out all the stops now. Having failed to frighten House Democrats with the specters of national security breaches or telecom bankruptcy, he’s now playing the patriotism card. To wit, telecoms that broke the law were showing their love of country and should be rewarded for it.

Apparently it has slipped his mind that those same telecoms cut off their “patriotic” wiretaps when the government failed to pay its phone bill.

The House is expected to vote on the bill today before adjourning for the Easter recess. Bush has vowed to lie down on the floor and kick and scream veto it if he doesn’t get his way.

UPDATE:  The bill passed 213-197.  It will go to the Senate after Easter break.

6 Responses to “House Holds Closed Session To Discuss Warrantless Wiretapping”

  1. Bill says:

    If he’s on the floor kicking and screaming, maybe he will do less damage than usual.

  2. Helen says:

    I would be interesting to know what was claimed in the session.

    Rep. Kucinich–who never attends these sessions–said today that Congress can vote any time to release the transcript of the session and then the public would know whether the concerns of the Administration were about new national securityinformation or just an effort to push the bill.

  3. Kvatch says:

    To wit, telecoms that broke the law were showing their love of country and should be rewarded for it.

    Ironic isn’t it that the real reason for telecom immunity is the future prospect of widespread harvesting of email? The evidence is now coming out just about every day. Bush has limited time on this one.

  4. Jasper says:

    God, you liberals are going to get us all killed. Your paranoia and cynicism is off the charts…what kind of dope are you guys smoking?

    ..why the closed session? what do the liberals have to be ashamed of?

  5. Kathy says:

    Jasper, it was the Republicans who called for the closed session. I’m not smoking anything. Are you?

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