BREAKING: Senate Hands Bush Blank Check For Spying On Americans & Blanket Immunity For Telecoms

NEW YORK TIMES: WASHINGTON — After more than a year of heated political wrangling, the Senate handed the White House a major victory Tuesday by voting to broaden the government’s spy powers after giving legal protection to phone companies that cooperated in President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program. The Senate rejected a series of amendments that would have restricted the government’s surveillance powers and eliminated immunity for the phone carriers, and it voted in convincing fashion — 69 to 29 — to end debate and bring the issue to a final vote. That vote on the overall bill was an almost identical 68 to 29. MORE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *