Senate Moves Forward on Telecom Immunity

The trial lawyers continue to weep at the lost fees they would get from suing these companies into bankruptcy. Which is why the Democrats are trying to prevent immunity from happening of course.
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All the lectures on civil rights from Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama came to nothing yesterday when the Senate considered immunity for telecommunications companies which cooperated with the terrorist surveillance program. All the Republicans and 12 Democrats voted to reject an attempt to drop immunity from the bill. It’s as if no one cares about the children anymore.
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It Isn’t About Guilt or Innocence

As Scott Ott at Scrappleface so humorously reminds us:

As U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales prepares to face the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said Mr. Gonzales’ guilt or innocence in the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys is not relevant to Tuesday’s hearing.

“Gonazales continues to demonstrate his ignorance of how government works,” said Mr. Schumer. “Since when do Congressional hearings have anything to do with actual crimes or, for that matter, questions that lawmakers need to have answered?”

“The purpose of such hearings,” Sen. Schumer said, “is to allow Senators to make speeches, and to determine how bad the Bush administration might look if some of its top officials were forced to testify in a setting that looks like some kind of trial. The fact that Gonzales thinks we’re concerned about improper actions just demonstrates why he’s too naive to be the head of the justice department, and why he should resign…which, of course, is another purpose of the hearings.”