Strange Bedfellows

Because this blog is hosted at MIT, I really can’t join the blogroll, but I gave them money, and I urge you to consider it.

Also see Glenn Greenwald make excuses for Obama’s apparent unwillingness to get behind this: Obama, telecoms and the Beltway system.

BTW, here’s Reuters’ presentation of the spin that’s going to be placed on this shameful bill: Courts to review phone co. suits under spy bill (pdf)

Under the bipartisan legislation, a court could dismiss a suit if there is written certification that the White House asked a phone company to participate in a warrantless surveillance program President George W. Bush began shortly after the September 11 attacks, the congressional sources said.

Hah! Shoot the trial balloon down now!!

Later: more from Glenn Greenwald – George Bush’s latest powers, courtesy of the Democratic Congress; and from the House Majority leader’s website, the current draft legislation (H.R. 6304) (local copy)