This was absolutely shameful. After penning a masterful scud to Big Time calling him and his administration out for a bunch of criminals with no respect for the rule of law who might just have to be educated in the American Way at the business end of a Senate Judiciary subpoena, Back-And-To-The-Left Specter is now rolling over... again!
Surprised? No, not really... Disappointed? Hell yes!
As usual, Glenn Greenwald gets after it better than I can. So get over to his place and check his take.
But I'll save you a click through, here's the bits yer lookin' for:
Specter has introduced a bill "that would give President Bush the option of seeking a warrant from a special court for an electronic surveillance program such as the one being conducted by the National Security Agency." This proposal is the very opposite of everything Specter has saying for the last several months...But that complete change of heart by Specter is not even nearly the most corrupt part of his proposed bill. For pure corruption and constitutional abdication, nothing could match this:This is like stumbling into some horrible public bdsm scene, watching some bottom who is just a little too into it. Looks like Arlen forgot his safe word, and it's not like Big Time is going to go out his way to occasionally check the consensual status of their scene.
Another part of the Specter bill would grant blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under presidential authority, a provision that seems to ensure that no one would be held criminally liable if the current program is found illegal under present law.
No, Big Time knows just what to do with a bottom who gets a little too full of themselves...