Maddow: What do you think of the arguments for granting these companies retroactive immunity.See the complete interview here.
Turley: What the Democrats are doing with the Whitehouse is they’re trying to conceal a crime that is hiding in plain view, that everyone can see it. So the argument for it is quite simple. Nobody wants to have a confrontation over the fact that the President committed a felony not once but at least 30 times. That’s a very inconvenient right now in Washington.
Maddow: Senator Obama says he does not like this bill but he says heis supporting it as a compromise. Is iit a comprome?
Turley: I am completely astonished by Senator Obama’s position and obviously disappointed….this is not a compromise, it is a cave in….the 4th amendment is going to be eviscerated tomorrow.
And the Capitulation is Complete
Senate Passes Eavesdropping Bill
Grants Immunity To Phone Companies That Listened In On Americans
Just under a third of the Senate, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, supported an amendment that would have stripped immunity from the bill. They were defeated on a 66-32 vote. Republican rival John McCain did not attend the vote. Obama ended up voting for the final bill, as did Specter. Feingold voted no.