It’s almost beside the point to say Republican dishonesty on this issue has reached critical mass; over and over in the past weeks of Senate debate, the GOP offered arguments that it would place an undue burden on telecommunications companies to make them explain themselves as they are required to do under the rule of law. To do so would allow the terrorists to win. No, really, it’s about that coherent:
“Some in Congress apparently think these companies should have second-guessed the legal representations made by the president and the general tone in the days and weeks and months following the 9-11 attacks,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, said. “These companies, like every good citizen who cooperates with their government to try to keep America secured, in good faith, deserves the protection we’re being asked to give them in this legislation. These costly lawsuits have not only put in jeopardy the future cooperation of these firms but also leave critical national security concerns potentially exposed to the discovery process and civil litigation.”
To which Dodd repeatedly responded: False. False. False.
“The president has said that this bill is essential to ‘protecting the American people from enemies who attacked our country,’ ” Dodd said. “So why is he trying to stop it? Why did he promise to veto it? Why would he throw it all away to protect a few corporations from lawsuits?”