Anyone in Congress voting to give telecoms immunity does not deserve to remain in office. The deal brokered under heavy influence of lobbyist cash from the industry is a deep betrayal of the trust we put in our elected officials to represent us in government. Slashdot:
Bimo_Dude writes “Today (June 20), Steny Hoyer is bringing to the House floor the latest FISA bill (PDF), which includes retroactive immunity for the telcos. The bill also is very weak on judicial review, allowing the telcos to use a letter from the president as a ‘get out of liability free’ card. Here are comments from the EFF. Glenn Greenwald, writing in Salon, describes the effect of the immunity clause this way: ‘So all the Attorney General has to do is recite those magic words — the President requested this eavesdropping and did it in order to save us from the Terrorists — and the minute he utters those words, the courts are required to dismiss the lawsuits against the telecoms, no matter how illegal their behavior was.'”
In even brokering this deal both parties dropped their primary responsibility to defend the Constitution of the United States and the rights protected by it.
Every single Representative who votes for the revised bill should face an aggressive campaign against them during the next election cycle.