The Bush administration said yesterday that the government “lost intelligence information” because House Democrats allowed a surveillance law to expire last week, causing some telecommunications companies to refuse to cooperate with terrorism-related wiretapping orders.
Instead of trying to scare congress into passing a bill providing immunity for law-breaking telecoms, how about you use the bully pulpit to start naming the companies who are not patriotic enough to adhere to lawful requests for information, you fucking jackass. They are required by law to pass on legal information, you know. Let the American people know that AT&T or Verizon hate America, or, more realistically, can’t be bothered to spend a few bucks on lawyers to figure out what is and is not a legal request from you dipshits.
God I hate these people.
*** Update ***
I should probably point out that I am not naive, the reason they want immunity is not because companies are turning down lawful requests. They want immunity so they can have willing co-conspirators in the telecoms who will turn over anything and everything they want and don’t have to worry about it when they do (and they still get fat government contracts, to boot). January 2009 can not come soon enough.