Bob "Prince of Darkness" Novakula never ceases to amaze. This time it's the evil trial lawyers who hate our freedoms and want Al-Qaeda to win:
The true reason for blocking the bill was Senate-passed retroactive immunity to protect from lawsuits private telecommunications firms asked to eavesdrop by the government. The nation's torts bar, vigorously pursuing such suits, has spent months lobbying hard against immunity.
The recess by House Democrats amounts to a judgment that losing the generous support of trial lawyers, the Democratic Party's most important financial base, would be more dangerous than losing the anti-terrorist issue to Republicans. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the phone companies for giving individuals' personal information to intelligence agencies without a warrant. Mike McConnell, the nonpartisan director of national intelligence, says delay in congressional action deters cooperation in detecting terrorism.
Look, you bastard, just stop it! First, McConnell is hardly nonpartisan. He goes on Fox to spout this crap:
On the February 17 edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace again falsely suggested that the U.S. government will not be able to "monitor communications among terrorism suspects" now that the Protect America Act (PAA) has expired. Introducing an interview with Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, Wallace asserted: "A law which gives President Bush powers to monitor communications among terrorism suspects expired at midnight." Later in the program, Wallace told National Public Radio senior political correspondent and Fox News contributor Mara Liasson: "[A]t some point in the fall, [Republican presidential candidate] John McCain's gonna say when there was a question of whether or not you wanted to give us power to -- to listen in to Al Qaeda, the Democrats voted no."
And Bob, do you even bother to try and understand your own words:
. . . giving individuals' personal information to intelligence agencies without a warrant . . .
As a law & order loving conservative, you'd think you'd have a problem with, you know, breaking the law. But as long as it's done for authoritarian Right-wing reasons, it's OK.
Amanda Carpenter, a Townhall.com columnist, has prepared a spreadsheet showing that 66 trial lawyers representing plaintiffs in the telecommunications suits have contributed $1.5 million to Democratic senators and causes. Of the 29 Democratic senators who voted against the FISA bill last Tuesday, 24 took money from the trial lawyers (as did two absent senators, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama). Eric A. Isaacson of San Diego, one of the telecommunications plaintiffs' lawyers, contributed to the recent unsuccessful presidential campaign of Sen. Chris Dodd, who led the Senate fight against the bill containing immunity.
Yeah, those damned trial lawyers, And their interest in the law, and stuff. I'm sure the Townhall columnist also prepared a spreadsheet showing the multi-national defense contracters who contribute to Right-wing politicians.
Bob, you disappoint. Your hackery is weak this time. I doubt that you even believe it, but you still have to say it. Like a third-rate actor mouthing lines from "Camelot" at a dinner theater in Visalia, you read your lines as written for you, regardless of how absurd they sound.
The reviews are in, Bob. Show's closing real soon, you'll be on a bus back to Podunk in no time.