Tim Starks of Congressional Quarterly reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring the Senate's surveillance bill up for floor debate in mid-November. That's despite the hold that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) plans to place on the measure -- something first reported by Election Central's Greg Sargent.
So how much you wanna bet the telcos bought Harry? After this year's election, I'm changing my party affiliation to 'I'. I've had it with all of them.
Tip o' the Brain to Jane.
This is how your government works.
Let's just describe very factually and dispassionately what has happened here. Congress -- led by Senators, such as Jay Rockefeller, who have received huge payments from the telecom industry, and by privatized intelligence pioneer Mike McConnell, former Chairman of the secretive intelligence industry association that has been demanding telecom amnesty -- is going to intervene directly in the pending lawsuits against AT&T and other telecoms and declare them the winners on the ground that they did nothing wrong. Because of their vast ties to the telecoms, neither Rockefeller nor McConnell could ever appropriately serve as an actual judge in those lawsuits.
It's all bullshit. Even the Dems are in some "Big's" (Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Ag, Big Defense, Big Insurance, Big Telco) pocket. They talk a good line but in the end they're not gonna derail the Gravy Train. Until we remove private financing from the electoral process, the Average Joe is gonna get screwed in favor of "Big".
Principle, Decency, and the American Way are circling the bowl, flushed in favor of a yearly "Power Auction". The highest bidder gets to skate. It's disgusting and immoral. It is unAmerican.