FISA Reform: Demonizing the Private Sector

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Fox News Sunday, being interviewed by Chris Wallace:

WALLACE: Haven’t you blocked the Protect America Act for months now?

VAN HOLLEN: Absolutely. The provisions that we have in place are the ones that the president asked for. What they’re asking for now is to essentially give amnesty to telecommunication companies that collaborated with the Bush administration.

We don’t think that’s part of looking forward in providing for national security and in making sure that we can listen in to those phone calls with Al Qaida.

So it is now acceptable to refer to American corporations as “collaborators” when they follow a legal order to help intercept terrorist communications? Communications by those who would gladly blow up U.S. citizens?

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  • Stan Fisher says:

    As everyone is aware, the United States has not had a 911 type attack in nearly 7 years. I believe that there are two main reasons for this fact:
    1. We are fighting the terrorists in Iraq an Afghanistan. If we weren’t there, they would be over here. The want to kill us!
    2. The surveillance work provided by the telcoms. The terrorists have to communicate to be effective.

    I guess everyone has forgotten “911”.


  • Dan D says:

    “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal”

    Nixon was wrong Carter. The President nor any of his subordinates issue an order that is “lawful” for anyone to violate the law.

    That’s the whole point of the “rule of law, not men” thing that democracies have going.

    So yes, when you cooperate with someone who is asking you to break the law, you are collaborating in a conspiracy to commit a crime. Breaking FISA is a felony.

    No immunity.

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