When it comes to protecting civil liberties the Republican Party is a lost cause. Unfortunately the Democratic Party has its share of fascist-apologists as well and Senator Evan Bayh is the leader of the pack. On Thursday, Bayh joined 11 other Democratic senators to kill the Judiciary committee's FISA bill that would've revamped FISA to protect our civil liberties while holding the Bush administration, and their telecom cronies, accountable for engaging in warrantless wiretapping that violated the United States Constitution.
So what is the President's (and presumably Bayh's) rational for providing retroactive immunity for these telecom companies? Well they were simply being patriots in the wake of 9/11 of course. First let me say that is total bullshit. The Bush administration was working on their warrantless wiretapping program well before 9/11. Second, the constitution was not suspended after 9/11 and the last time I checked we were supposed to be a country that believed in the rule of law.
Just because the President asks you to violate the law doesn't make it okay for you to do so. And for the United States Congress to willingly subvert the rule of law and forgive anyone that violated our civil liberties - well that's a national disgrace. And we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the Bush administration won't even tell Congress what it is they're providing immunity for. So much for oversight.
I can't stomach the thought of a Bayh vice-presidency...