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Here is an interesting summary of FISA, "Five Myths About the New Wiretapping Law" By Patrick Radden Keefe.

Myth No. 3: The courts will still review the telecom cases.

Perhaps most controversially, the bill effectively pardons the telecom giants that assisted the Bush administration in the warrantless wiretapping program. They will now be shielded from dozens of civil lawsuits brought against them after their involvement was exposed. House Democrats insist that the telecoms are not automatically getting off the hook. Instead, the companies must go before a federal judge. But here's the catch: For the suits against them to be "promptly dismissed," they must demonstrate to the judge not that what they did was legal but only that the White House told them to do it.

This is another bit of face-saving window dressing, and its essence is best captured in a breathtaking remark from Sen. Bond: "I'm not here to say that the government is always right. But when the government tells you to do something, I'm sure you would all agree ... that is something you need to do." That more or less sums it up--one part Nuremberg defense, the other part Nixon.

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by Cat on Fri Jun 27th, 2008 at 03:56:20 PM EST
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