Monday, April 14, 2008

Have Republicans given up on FISA and telecom amnesty?

According to Glenn Greenwald, that seems to be the case for now. He quotes an article in The Hill reporting that the House GOP leadership plans to "transition away from passing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and earmark reform to 'stop the tax hike' [and other economic issues]."

Yes, it seems that with a) their fearmongering campaign not gaining them any traction, and b) the economy in the shitter, that the GOP leadership is willing to let the (perfectly up-to-the-task) FISA law remain on the books, instead of pushing for the revised bill that President Bush and telecom lobbyists have demanded. All that talk about how if said bill wasn't passed yesterday that the terrorists would be here tomorrow and kill us all in our sleep is revealed to be the empty political garbage it was.

See? It's not always bad news.

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