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Buh-bye 4th Amendment ~sniff~ I’ll Miss You!

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill overhauling the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and conferring what amounts to legal immunity to the telephone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


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The Big Top Flip-Flop!

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.

In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance.

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Although a spokesman for Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, denied that the senator’s views on surveillance and executive power had shifted, legal specialists said the letter contrasted with statements Mr. McCain previously made about the limits of presidential power.

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Tele-con

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush won a test vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday on his demand that any telephone company that participated in his warrantless domestic spying program receive immunity from lawsuits.

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The New Lieberman

From The Hill:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) vote to move the stalled nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick this summer made Republicans more willing to work with her on another important issue: an anti-gang bill that she had worked on for over a decade.

Before Feinstein surprised her fellow Democrats and liberal advocacy groups by casting the key vote in committee for Southwick in August, it did not appear the conservative nominee would reach the Senate floor.

DiFi is just full of surprises lately, none of them good.

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