Glenn Greenwald did a terrific job of unpacking the lies of the WSJ as they come down on the side of the miscreant telecom companies. But there is one more lie that needs to be unpacked to make clear how craven this issue is:
By far the worst threat is an amendment from Senator Chris Dodd (D., Conn.) to deny legal immunity to telephone companies that cooperated with the government on these wiretaps after 9/11.
Note those words: after 9/11. So why were the telecoms working with the Bush administration in February 2001, and how much did they get paid for their betrayal of their customers? And then why were the patriotic phone companies so willing to stop spying when they stopped getting their bribe? Why are we even arguing about this crap? Call your Senators and Representatives and let them know you will remember who they stood for. And sign up for a new phone company that fights on the side of the Constitution rather than those that seek to subvert it.
Your turn now.