This will be a day long remembered: House Ds stand up to Bush
The president has said that American lives will be sacrificed if Congress does not change FISA.
But he has also said that he will veto any FISA bill that does not grant retroactive immunity.
No immunity, no FISA bill. So if we take the president at his word, he’s willing to let Americans die to protect the phone companies. --Senator Edward Kennedy
Finally, finally, finally. Like an abused spouse who finally says, "Enough," the House Democrats stood up to the fearmongers at the White House and went on a ten-day recess without approving a FISA modification bill. The bill that the White House wants would allow surveillance to take place without a court order and would grant retroactive immunity to telecom companies. As a result, the temporary Police America Act will expire tomorrow.
Glenn Greenwald has coverage here, and Daily Kos has coverage here and here.
Andy in Harrisburg