No Telecom Immunity In Senate FISA Bill?
So sez Greg Sargent:
. . . Here's a bit more detail on what happened on the Judiciary Committee today. Sources say Senator Russ Feingold offered an amendment that would have stripped telecom immunity from the bill, but it was defeated. Then Senator Arlen Specter, the ranking GOPer on the committee, offered a "compromise" amendment saying that in these lawsuits the Federal government, and not the telecoms, would be the defendants. But because of a procedural difficulty Specter's amendment wasn't voted on -- and Senator Patrick Leahy, the chair of the committee, essentially went around Specter's amendment and moved to have a vote to report the bill out of committee without any telecom immunity in it. That passed along strictly party lines. And that's where we are.
Let's see the bill first Greg. If Leahy was able to get this done, then HURRAH for Leahy! Personally, I am not understanding this story at all. If Feingold's attempt to REMOVE telecom immunity failed, then what exactly did Leahy get out of Committee? If the bill did NOT contain telecom immunity, then why did Feingold move to have it striked? Sorry Greg, too many holes in the story as reported to make any sense.
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