Monday, February 18, 2008

The FISA Bill Has Expired

The FISA bill, ostensibly designed to allow the feds to monitor overseas communications to/from the United States, has expired.

The House of Representatives would not accept a provision that gave RETROACTIVE immunity to telephone companies who had obeyed Homeland Security Department orders to include all domestic communications in their sweep. The President would not sign the Bill without the retroactive immunity provision [which the Senate had dutifully included in its version of the Bill].

Among telephone companies, QWest is the only one to have not buckled under Homeland Security pressure to surveille clients. Thus, QWest is the only telephone company to not need retroactive immunity for blatantly illegal acts that sold out American liberty.