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Remember the elections of 2006? That sweeping victory of protest against the republicans? Pelosi and Reid were supposed to give them hell, no more vacationing rubber stamp Congress? Apparently the exit polls weren’t the only thing we got wrong in that election. The Senate let by Democrat In Name Only Harry Reid, has passed a FISA bill that would allow for telecom immunity and the president has called on the house to agree to it. The bill had large bi-partisan support, specifically surrounding the telcom immunity issue. (more…)

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Playing to type, Dick Cheney just gave a speech at the well-funded conservative echo chamber The Heritage Foundation calling for making the Protect America First Act permanent. This act allows for the warrant-less wiretapping of Americans and others abroad. It would also allow for retroactive immunity for the telecoms who acted of their own accord in giving over to the President the records of their customers. Harry Reid, who is apparently no longer even playing at being a democrat, is ready to give both of these things to Cheney. (more…)

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It seems the telecommunications companies are not so timid to stand up to the government when it comes to paying bills. The Washington Post and USA Today are reporting this morning that telecommunications companies are doing what Congress could not or would not – cut FBI covert surveillance lines. Apparently, the Bureau has been delinquent in over 500 (of 1000) telecommunications bills reviewed by Inspector General Glenn Fine, with one skipped check coming in at $66,000. Read on for entertainment purposes only. (more…)

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New Attorney General Michael Mukasey is walking a fine line between being just another Bush crony and someone who could actually try and repair the damage done during the Fredo years at DoJ.  While he’s revised DoJ policy to limit contacts with the White House, he also argued before the American Bar Association in support of retroactive telecom immunity and FISA “reform”. (more…)

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The NSA-Telcom drama continued over the weekend when the New York Times ran a story about the government’s ever-growing reliance on telecommunications companies to help gather and identify would be terrorists. Apparently, on the War on Drugs front, the NSA has been using telecom companies to spy on Americans who called Latin America and other drug-producing regions with regularity since the 1990s. “The D.E.A. declined to comment on the call-tracing program, except to say that it “exercises its legal authority” to issue administrative subpoenas. The N.S.A. also declined to comment on it,” according to the article.

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