House GOPs Walk Out to Protest Telecoms’ Lack of Immunity in FISA Bill After Bush Threatened to Postpone Trip in Support of His Accomplices

If “fascism” is defined as corporate control of government, then there has never been a more brazen display of American fascism than the one put on by Republicans in Washington today.

First, George Bush threatened to postpone his trip to Africa tomorrow because the House version of the new FISA bill does not give immunity to giant telecom corporations who conspired with him hundreds of times to violate federal wiretap laws and eavesdrop on Americans without warrants:

“If we have to delay (the trip), we’ll delay,” Bush said.

Bush is backing the Senate-passed bill, which includes retroactive protection from lawsuits that telecommunications companies are facing because they cooperated with government eavesdropping following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The House has not passed that measure, and the law expires at midnight Saturday. The House bill also does not provide immunity from lawsuits for the telecommunications companies.

Then congressional Republicans staged a walk-out to protest the fact that their corporate masters could be held accountable for crimes they knowingly committed:

It’s political gamesmanship of the highest order.

House Republicans have just staged a walkout from the chamber to protest the decision of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership to let an act that expands the government’s surveillance powers expire.

Republican leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is giving a press conference on the Capitol steps right now, saying that the decision of the House to debate a contempt resolution involving former White House officials instead of taking up the Protect America Act jeopardizes national security. He said the House Republicans would stay in Washington as long as necessary to finish the bill.

Pelosi and the Democratic leadership believe there isn’t enough time to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions of the act, which would make adjustments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act permanent, giving the government more power to monitor phone calls and emails without a court order in certain circumstances. The Democrats want a second extension of the current out to work out the differences.

So far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing firm.

11 Comments

  • nikolai
    February 14, 2008 - 2:00 pm | Permalink

    The house GOPs have stock in these Telecoms, therefore they ARE these telecoms. (Not to mention campaign contributions from same)

    This raises another point.

    There should be a law put into effect that if you own stock in a company you will not be allowed to vote in any issues involving that company, the same as a judge being barred from ruling on any lawsuits/cases he has interests in.

    Yet, I lived in Santa Barbara, CA for 12 years and witnessed wealthy judges rule on many cases which involved companies or property they had stock or land or some other interest in. You can guess what their rulings were, and even though it was obvious they ruled to benefit their own power and position, about 90% of the time the rulings stood.

  • RyeLiz
    February 14, 2008 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Good, keep Bush in DC. We don’t need him out in public anywhere, he is an embarrassment. And thank you Pelosi for bringing the contempt to vote. Have to admit I was worried about you, but you pulled through. Stand Strong.

  • Fuzzbutt
    February 14, 2008 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see what the problem is. Pass the bill and add a signing statement saying the president can give retroactive immunity. If you doubt the outcome you can ask the (his) Supreme Court.

  • Court of Progressive Justice
    February 14, 2008 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey george, why don’t ya go Fuck yourself.

  • nikolai
    February 14, 2008 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I suppose the GOP is representing their constituencies by choosing to grant immunity to the telcos since republicans elected and supported (at least for the first 4 or 5 miserable years)the failure known as george “dubya” bush, but they are shirking their sworn duty by walking out, so I think it would be a fair and reasonable solution to FIRE them like their idol Ronald Reagan did to the air-traffic controllers in the early 80’s.

  • Court of Progressive Justice
    February 14, 2008 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    WOW; KEITH OLBERMANN, Tore bush a barn door size new asshole!

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  • Soward
    February 15, 2008 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    If we give telcos blanket immunity from all lawsuits from people who were damaged by the government eavesdropping and were not terrorists , we are following the wrong path . We the people do not want government eavesdropping without warrant and probable cause . The telcos should only be given immunity in cases where terror links are proven beyond a reasonable doubt .

  • February 16, 2008 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    HEY DEMS!! THIS IS GOOD! BUT STAND YOUR GROUND TOTALLY AND FULLY AND THE BASTARD GOP REPUGS WALK OUT ANS STAY OUT IF THEY WANT TO FOR THEY ARE JUST REGULAR BUSH ASS HOLE YES MEN AND THE ARE NOT WORTH A SHIT ANY WAY!!!

  • February 16, 2008 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    HEY ! LET THE BASTARD POST PONE HIS TRIP COMPLETELY FOREVER FOR THE SON OF A BITCH JUST WANTS TO WASTE MONEY AND GET TO FLY ARROUND THE COUNTRY!!!!!! IF HE TRULY WANTED TO HELP THEN THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP HERE IN AMERICA! FIRST LOOK AT LOUISANA!!!! KATRINA! AND ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS THIS BASTARD HAS BOTCHED UP! WELL A LONG STORY SHORT !the WHOLE PRESIDENCY of which he has never WON EITHER OF! HE IS A TOTAL DUMB ASS THAT KNOWS NOTHING AND OONLY WANT IN OFFICE FOR 2 THINGS TO KILL HUSSIN OVER PAPPY and TO GET ALL THE OIL UP FOR US TO PAY 3.00 – 4.00 a GALLON–KNOW WHAT NEITHER G or GW IS OR WAS WORTH A DECIENT little SHIT!!!!!!

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