FISA: This is Why They Want to Sue

By February 15, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

A revealing commentary today from mcjoan, the primary Daily Kos blogger on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In “FISA Fight: How predictable was this? ” mcjoan writes about civil immunity for the telecommunications companies:

“[Remember,] it’s not just so that AT&T and Verison aren’t held accountable. It’s to prevent legal action going forward that, in the discovery process, would expose the full extent of the administration’s illegal activity. This isn’t just protecting AT&T and Verizon. It’s protecting the Rove/Gonzales/Cheney/Bush cabal.

Don’t forget to pronounce the word “cabal” with that extra fleck of spittle.

In any case, mcjoan’s comments reveal the politics of those who oppose S. 2248 and telecom immunity. To them, the purpose of the 40 lawsuits against the telecommunications companies is to punish the “cabal” for conducting surveillance of America’s enemies. When the left cannot achieve its policy goals through the policymaking branch of government — Congress — it turns to the courts and whatever target serves its purpose. Today, it’s the telecommunications companies. Tomorrow, it’s whatever other member of the private sector is deemed the cabal’s running dog lackey.

UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): From the National Journal’s The Gate:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Republicans would talk up the issue in their home states during next week’s recess. “I think this will be the biggest story through the recess,” McConnell said. He accused Democrats of being in bed with attorneys who are among their biggest contributors. “We think it’s a lot more urgent to protect the country than it is to protect the trial bar,” he said.

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  • Lee says:

    Who would protect those who have violated the Constitution again and again and who seek to trample American civil liberties? Obviously a few die-hard Neo-Cons.

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