Friday, October 19, 2007

Inner Workings

I don’t pretend to know how things work in the House and the Senate, so someone is going to have to explain to me why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is going to try to get the surveillance bill, including the immunity for the telecoms, onto the floor for a vote despite the fact that Senator Christopher Dodd has placed a hold on the bill.

I suspect that the telecom lobbyists put in a call, so to speak, to Mr. Reid and explained just how important it is that they be immunized against lawsuits for going along with the administration’s warrantless wiretapping plans, and that’s more important than, oh, say, the right to privacy. But what do I know? As Jane Hamsher at FDL notes, “Strange set of priorities you’ve got there, Senator Reid.”