Obama and other Democrats voted for a new, more expansive FISA law, granting immunity to the telecoms despite not knowing exactly what they did. The FISA court was already so permissive it’s kind of a wonder Bush needed to insist on more power. Almost every single warrant ever brought was rubber stamped by a secret court. They could even start wiretapping and saunter in three days later and get it approved.
I suppose when there is an election coming up, caving into a President with horribly low approval ratings is seen as strength and the clear and simple language of the 4th Amendment is “just words.”
Congress’ approval is at 9% right now. That’s basically a national “no confidence” vote. I think Robert Mugabe might be shamed into stepping down if his approval got that low.
Wednesday: Happy Thoughts for the Mental Recession