Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Still pushing for telecom immunity

The New York Times gets it right. Save the renewal of the FISA bill for the next president.

George Bush is still pushing Congressional Republicans to deliver him a bill that provides unassailable rights to spy on Americans, and to protect telecom companies that helped Bush to spy. Of course, a bill that protects telecom companies from prosecution, protects Bush as well.

This president hasn't done much right, but he's done a lot. He's a lame duck, and Congress should be willing to stand up to him, even as we enter the critical months before a presidential election. Unfortunately, Congressional elections take place at the same time, and congressional delegates still seem to lack the backbone to stand for their convictions.

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