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House Committee to Friends: "Immunity? Really?"

By Amanda Simon at 5:31pm
In a 12th-hour plea today, key members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee urged their fellow members to reject telecom immunity when legislation "updating" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) heads back their way after the Senate passes its bill. The letter, sent by Chairman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) and Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), really expresses the frustration felt by the committee and is a definitely worth a look. The letter says, in part:

Senator Rockefeller Continues to Shock and Disappoint on FISA

By Amanda Simon at 1:19pm
Whoops! This week, on the floor of the Senate, Senator John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may have accidentally revealed the administration's true intentions in "updating" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate…

Unsung Hits of the FISA Debate: The Cost of Immunity for Telecoms

By Amanda Simon at 11:39am
The last of our five-part series on the Unsung Hits of the FISA Debate on DailyKos deals with the cost of immunity for the telecoms. It's about $23,500, if the new FISA bill grants immunity. Back in October, Wired's Ryan Singel reported campaign …

Unsung Hits of the FISA Debate: An "Uneasy Partnership"

By Amanda Simon at 3:21pm
Day Four of our FISA series on DailyKos deals with birth of the wiretapping program in the 90's, and how Bush ramped up the program as soon as he took office. This rush to spy resulted in an "uneasy partnership" between the NSA and the phone companies:…

Unsung Hits of the FISA Debate: A Blank Check for Bush's Spy Program

By Amanda Simon at 11:15am
Congress will be back in session next Tuesday, and one of the top orders of business is debating the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 in the Senate. Every day until Congress returns, we'll be blogging on the best and most overlooked FISA-related news stories…
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